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Incognito

From 31 critic and 184 member reviews
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.



75
Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want to see a play that will spark conversations about identity and life.

Don't see it if you can't overlook the very cheesy high school theater interpretative dance moments that break up the scenes.

75
Entertaining, Dizzying, Original

See it if like original works.

Don't see it if like linear plays.

74
Clever, Dated, Great staging, Raunchy, Ambitious

See it if You find humor in the little things and like the 50's theme, enjoy some of.the Ill humor.

Don't see it if You want the humor to be very aware in the lines. If you believe the 50's are overrated and a bit dated.

74
Absorbing, Ambitious, Dizzying, Difficult to follow

See it if You like a well acted, thought provoking, confusing drama. Acting was wonderful. Story line and changing characters not easy to follow.

Don't see it if You cannot/ will not grapple with intellectual challenge. I admit, was hard to figure which part actors were playing and what it meant.

73
Ambitious, Confusing, Funny, Great acting, Epic

See it if You can understand it

Don't see it if You are too vapid to

73
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.

73
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Confusing

See it if You like great ensemble acting.

Don't see it if I found the play to be intelligent yet confusing and obtuse, leaving me with little empathy for the characters.

72
Intelligent, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy fast-paced, thought-provoking, interwoven, non-linear narratives.

Don't see it if you're easily confused and like to talk about your confusion loudly during the performance, like so many of the irritating MTC subscribers.

72
Clever, Ambitious, Intelligent, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy plays that don't follow the usual formula but are a little challenging for the audience.

Don't see it if you only like plays that tell a clear, linear story.

70
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

70
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great acting, Pretentious, Cerebral

See it if You enjoy virtuoso acting performances, like nonlinear plots, and can tolerate some gratuitous avant-gardeness

Don't see it if You need a linear plot, are looking for depth about Einstein or the brain, expect it to be as good as "The Effect" because that had feeling

70
Great acting, Great directing, Original, Clever, Disappointing

See it if you like cerebral plays. Great cast and direction. Script is cold though.

Don't see it if you like traditional plays with a beginning, middle and end. Also, don't see it if you're tired. complex & fast-paced.

70
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

70
Ambitious, Great acting, Confusing, Slow

See it if you appreciate a wonderful cast playing multiple roles. The transitions are seamless. Can't say enough about the quality of the performances

Don't see it if you're easily bored by complex, slow-moving plots. Go for the acting, not the story.

69
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Indulgent, Confusing

See it if You want a play about science that thinks it's smarter than it is

Don't see it if You want a show that has courage to make choices and figure out what it wants to be about

68
Ambitious, Original, Dizzying, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You are an avid theatre goer who would enjoy watching 4 competent actors tackle 20 characters while contemplating how the brain works

Don't see it if Wouldn't enjoy watching actors do what amounts to the robot between scene breaks or hear actors butcher foreign and regional accents.

66
Disappointing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you want an intellectually-challenging night at the theatre.

Don't see it if you're looking for a show where you can sit back and enjoy it. INCOGNITO is a show that requires you to think.

66
Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy a fabulous cast perform numerous characters with ease. This play was not as effective in story telling as Constellations.

Don't see it if want a straight forward to the point story, this is story telling in segments that could use some more cohesiveness/clarity.

66
Confusing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy ensemble, suggested storytelling and scientific subject matter

Don't see it if I had trouble tracking characters throughout the piece, and that was a huge element needed for it to be successful

66
Clever, Intense

See it if you can be satisfied with fine acting.

Don't see it if you are easily confused

65
Confusing, Hard to follow, Great acting, Not very memorable

See it if Really enjoy great actors playing various roles. Learn something about how our brains work.

Don't see it if You really enjoyed Constellations and how the storytelling was similar, but sadly it was not.

65
Great acting, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You would love seeing 4 actors playing multiple roles.

Don't see it if You think you might be confused by the quick changes from one character to another by the same actor.

65
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

65
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

65
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.


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