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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.



65
Great acting, Incohesive, Thought-provoking, Affecting, Pointless

See it if you want to see a tease about the workings of the brain that never quite actually has anything to say about the subject.

Don't see it if a show that looks great and boasts great performances but ultimately doesn't have anything to say would put you off.

60
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.

60
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

58
Confusing, Dizzying, Unduly opaque, Ambitious, Indulgent

See it if You want to see a fine physical production and a fantastic acting performance by Charlie Cox.

Don't see it if Comprehension of theme and linear storytelling are important to you,

55
Clever, Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You want a very different plot. The stealing of Einstein's brain.

Don't see it if You want a show to make sense. Four actors multiple roles constantly switching.

50
Disappointing, Pretentious, Mixed-bag, Quirky, Dizzying

See it if You don't mind non-linear narratives, like episodic story-telling, and enjoy seeing actors switch character with lightening speed.

Don't see it if U find episodic storytelling disjointed, hate projected titles that explain what u r seeing & meaningless stylized movement between scenes.

49
Great acting, Insipid, Indulgent, Slow, Confusing

See it if you want to see excellent actors overcome a weak and repetitive script.

Don't see it if you're tired of seeing Payne write about how time is useless, repetitive, and meaningless.

6
Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying, Excruciating

See it if you want to work hard, the show is impossible to follow. You really have to focus and pay attention but not in an enjoyable way.

Don't see it if if you want to sit back and relax. you will get no enjoyment from this show. It's 4 actors playing way too many parts

Also The show is really really bad. I really can't think of anyone who woul... Read more Read less

90
Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You want a show that challenges you emotionally and mentally. You can't sit back and say "entertain me" at this show. Pay attention.

Don't see it if you don't want theatre to challenge you mentally.

86
Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you love theater that makes you think. The actors weave the threads of Nick Payne's world in a beautifully wrought exploration of the mind.

Don't see it if you only want fluff. This piece asks the audience to really go on a journey! It's excellent theater.

84
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Great writing, Profound

See it if you're intelligent and educated.

Don't see it if you only enjoy light, happy, simple shows.

82
Absorbing, Thoughtful, complex

See it if you enjoy seemingly unrelated stories come together.

Don't see it if you have a hard time following webs of stories. It can be confusing.

80
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Romantic, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You're looking for a thought provoking new play

Don't see it if You're looking for something lighthearted or whimsical

72
Intelligent, Refreshing, Original, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if You're at all interested in how our brains can affect our personalities, refreshing staging and writing, human stories.

Don't see it if You don't like minimalist sets or contemporary plays.

100
Absorbing, Edgy, Must see, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if You appreciate Samuel Beckett, are into historical fiction or pondering the inner workings of the mind. Strong acting, strong words.

Don't see it if I don't recommend this for children, or for people who can't follow non-linear storytelling.

100
Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if you would be intrigued by multiple stories interwoven through a process that uses excellent staging.

Don't see it if you cannot listen carefully, or you may not follow nor fully understand all of the action.

90
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Exquisite

See it if you like to experience great acting, absorbing drama and science mixed with heart.

Don't see it if you don't like to cry.

85
Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in the brain, if you like Daredevil, or if you want to actors really showcasing their range.

Don't see it if you don't like shows where actors play a lot of characters or if you have no interest in thinking about the brain.

80
Ambitious, Clever, Confusing

See it if You like a minimal cast playing multiple characters

Don't see it if You don't like a small production

96
During previews
Absorbing, Enchanting, Riveting, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you like excellent, fascinating, smart writing. And if you like shows that mix science and relationships.

Don't see it if you don't like to have to work hard to follow what's going on sometimes.

95
During previews
Dizzying, Intelligent, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if you are a thinker. Incognito is brain candy in its highest form. The four actors are all superb and the writing is top-notch.

Don't see it if your "philosophy is the talk on a cereal box". You'll be confused and bored at the same time.

95
During previews
Absorbing, Well acted, Original, Created a world with 4 chairs, Must see

See it if you enjoy excellent actors bringing a myriad of characters to life. Whole lives lived on stage w/o a costume change & 5 props. Brilliant.

Don't see it if don't like dramatic character studies & can't follow plot changes done so smooth and effortlessly, that you have no excuse to not get it.

91
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Original, Riveting

See it if A show that has to be seen several times. The acting is superb. Each of the 4 interact with the others but as different persons.

Don't see it if you have trouble deciphering the various roles played by the 4 actors It is very cleverly done.

90
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you enjoy being challenged by great writing and edgy stories. Clever plot devices used here.

Don't see it if hate going to the theater to think

90
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy interwoven story lines, find the concept of the intersection of love & psychology interesting, & enjoy dramatic heavy topics.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy non-linear plots & characters, want something light, & if you saw & didn't enjoy Constellations (same playwright).


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