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Members say: Great acting, Intelligent, Clever, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

About the show

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.

Member Reviews (184)


Great acting, Intelligent, Clever, Thought-provoking, Absorbing
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Clever, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Offbeat

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.

Fascinating, Heartbreaking, Great acting, Intelligent, Requires focus

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.

Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Confusing, Intelligent

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

Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking

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

Great acting, Confusing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if you want to see good acting by very talented actors

Don't see it if you want the play to make sense

Great acting, Ambitious, Slow, Absorbing

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"

Slow, Better than constellations which i hated, Interesting, Passionless

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

Great acting, Indulgent, Overrated, Quirky, Intelligent

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.

Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Moving, Dynamic

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.

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Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated

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

Cerebral tapestry of ideas about the brain, Extraordinary acting, Brilliant staccato dialogue, Spare and thoughtful staging, Flows like music

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.

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Great acting, Intelligent

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

Ambitious, Dizzying, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant

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

Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

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.

Entertaining, Dizzying, Original

See it if like original works.

Don't see it if like linear plays.

Great acting, Original, Ambitious

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.

Absorbing, Great acting

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!

Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You love science. Its one you have to see many times.

Don't see it if You get confused easily.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

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.

Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Disappointing, Great staging

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.

Absorbing, Dizzying, Great acting, Riveting, Thought-provoking

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

Confusing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

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

Absorbing, Clever, Great staging, Great acting, Great writing

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.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

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.

Clever, Great acting, Dizzying, Intelligent, Refreshing

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!!!

May 24th, 2016
"A lively, self-examining drama of ideas…The script’s diverse figures are embodied by an exceptionally supple ensemble of four…Remarkable for the clarity with which it graphs its various forms of confusion and delusion...'Incognito' doesn’t achieve the raw emotional force of 'Constellations.' But...
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May 24th, 2016
"Doug Hughes directs a solid cast (Cox is especially brilliant as the sweetly tragic Maison) in what is an impressive acting workout—if not completely revelatory drama. For all the engaging tidbits of information, the notion that personality, love or even genius are not hard-wired into the brain ...
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May 24th, 2016
"It's an extremely challenging assignment that the ensemble cast executes with admirable skill and precision...'Incognito' exerts a certain fascination, but it's also deeply frustrating...Despite its brevity, the play feels bloated, padded with such extraneous scenes...Payne tends to concentrate ...
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May 24th, 2016
"'Incognito' feels disjointed. Without the help of costumes, makeup, props, or different sets, it can be hard to follow how all of these lives intersect. But plot holes aside, the acting is superb. The actors have nothing to play off of but each other, and with what feels like a millisecond betwe...
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