Manhattan Theatre Club presents the American premiere of Nick Payne's play, which examines whether our memories and identities exist only in our minds. More…
A pathologist steals the brain of Albert Einstein; a neuropsychologist embarks on her first romance with another woman; a seizure patient forgets everything except how much he loves his girlfriend. These mysterious stories are braided into one breathtaking whole that asks whether memory and identity are nothing but illusions. Directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes, 'Incognito' takes us into the last uncharted realm: the mind.
See it if You like riddles. You're interested in cerebral, intellectual stories. You don't need a large-scale production & prefer minimalism on stage.
Don't see it if You can't keep track of the same actors playing various roles who interact with various other characters throughout. You only like musicals.
See it if you like theatre that's intellectual yet also very emotional. If you like Payne's work. The more focus you put in, the more you'll enjoy it.
Don't see it if you don't want a show that requires you to work to stay with it. If you want something simple & easy to understand.
See it if you liked Payne's Constellations. Ambitious play about the mind and memory and ourselves. Fascinating but ultimately a bit confusing.
Don't see it if you're not going to pay attention. This play requires constant attention The actors change characters and time within seconds. Not light fun
See it if you liked Constellations, and If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet
Don't see it if you are looking for a big, showy, fluffy production
See it if you like ensemble pieces where each actor plays multiple roles, plays about mental health and science, you want to see some great acting
Don't see it if you'll be bothered by a problematic script even though the acting makes up for it completely, don't like shows that don't really "resolve"
See it if You would enjoy a series of uneven separate scenes that are thinly tied together and keep you trying to figure out how they fit together
Don't see it if You require a play that drives emotion well, has some humor in it, and does not contain heavy handed explanations
See it if you like Nick Payne plays and/or want to see a great exercise in acting. Intricate plots, scientific theories, fast pace with great acting.
Don't see it if you want the play to give you something new as you go long. After 30 minutes, it felt repetitive and predictable.
See it if you are interested in quick but thoughtful takes on the very human experiences of existence as defined by the state of one's brain.
Don't see it if you don't like somewhat minimalist staging and conceptual choreography (which i really enjoyed btw!); if the topics are upsetting/triggery.
See it if You are really, really into challenging writing about neuroscience related stories
Don't see it if You don't like unclear stories which leave you wondering what the author's point was
See it if you loved Constellations, four skillful actors playing 21 people, want to engage, challenging thoughtful material.
Don't see it if you want something light; if you like big staging or don't want to work while you watch. You didn't like Constellations.
See it if want to see 4 great actors playing a multitude of roles. Enjoy science, medicine, and/or psychology. Writing is also very thought-provoking.
Don't see it if you don't like stories that are broken up/confusing at times. There were weird "dance breaks" that they weren't selling so i wasnt buying it
See it if You are interested in intertwining stories with multiple characters played by a few actors
Don't see it if You are looking for something light, sweet, and perky
See it if you like to be engaged with what you're watching, and if you like stories with rich and multiple storylines.
Don't see it if you prefer plays that are straightforward or mindless.
See it if You want to see four amazing actors. Like short shows. Like thought provoking theatre without all the answers. Fan of Albert Einstein.
Don't see it if Want a tidy plot. At first I Thought there was something "more" I was missing. I came to the conclusion, there isn't. It is what it you see.
See it if Thought the acting was good, stories flowed and it was just the right length.
Don't see it if The transitional choreography was cringe-worthy. I overheard several people who shared that opinion while I was leaving the theater. Ugh!
See it if you want an out of the box play. Story line is a little complex, but interestingly enough, the plot is easy to follow.
Don't see it if you want something light. The 4 actors play multiple characters and the transition is instantaneous, so it requires your full attention.
See it if /for 4 actors' beautiful use of their brains imaginations & craft to create characters embodying observations about brains & identity.
Don't see it if you want to leave with new ideas or insight; structure of play allows flashes of empathy/recognition but not much emotional connection.
See it if you love thoughtful, engaging theatre that doesn't dumb itself down for you
Don't see it if you can't keep track of multiple, nonlinear storylines; lack of intricate set is bothersome to you
See it if u are good at puzzles, like very complicated interlocking (I think) stories, u want to see terrific young actors, esp. Heather Lind.
Don't see it if the science of consciousness doesn't interest you, extremely complicated plays with 4 actors playing over a dozen roles doesn't appeal
See it if You are into powerful, taut drama that breaks traditional narrative rules by requiring an effort on the audiences part.
Don't see it if You go to the theatre to sit back and relax.
See it if you love incredible acting, thought-provoking theater that is accessible and engaging.
Don't see it if you are close minded to new ways of approaching stories, or are looking for a traditionally linear story line.
See it if you don't mind a playwright intentionally confusing you. Four great actors doing great work under a great director.
Don't see it if you have to go alone - you'll want to discuss it over drinks afterward!!!
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