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Incognito

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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Intelligent, Clever, Thought-provoking, Absorbing
77
Avg Score

During previews
50
Ambitious, Confusing, Dizzying, Edgy, Pretentious

See it if You enjoy being confused. You enjoy pretentious writing that seems to want to snub the audience.

Don't see it if You don,t enjoy spending much of the time you are watching a play trying to figure it out + thinking this not enjoyable so why bother !

During previews
83
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Unique

See it if You can concentrate and visualize the plots while 4 actors play many different roles while switching accents and personas

Don't see it if You are easily confused by a play that does not clearly state what it is all about without you having to think and figure it out yourself

During previews
79
Absorbing, Edgy, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Intriguing

See it if You like theater that's smart, like to puzzle over meaning and plot points, want to be shaken up a little, are willing to concentrate hard.

Don't see it if You want a lot of action or a linear story, don't like actors playing multiple characters, have trouble understanding often heavy accents.

During previews
13
Confusing, Dizzying, Excruciating

See it if You're able to keep tons of confusing plots in your head straight, where actors constantly switch between characters.

Don't see it if You need to stay awake, as many were yawning and had their eyes closed. Extremely confusing and impossible to make sense of.

During previews
79
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if are willing to be challenged by an unconventional structure with actors playing multiple roles.

Don't see it if if you like your plays linear and easy to comprehend.

During previews
54
Great acting, Confusing, Dizzying, Intense, Overrated

See it if It was amusing to watch the game cast perform a dizzying array of characters with many different accents.

Don't see it if But it was ultimately confusing, and didn't add up to much. The 3 stories didn't mesh well. Pointless.

During previews
90
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

During previews
74
Ambitious, Confusing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in identity, science and brain function, but don't mind when things are not always linear or perfectly clear.

Don't see it if you have trouble with a few actors playing a number of roles.

During previews
49
Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you are a braniac who can connect many non-linear dots. Don't blink or you will loose the whole show. However, the acting is very good.

Don't see it if you want a clear, understandable play. Three stories, 20+ characters all mashed together.

During previews
79
Style over substance, Intelligent, Great performances, Clear portrayals, Nicely paced

See it if You want to see some great performances in a nice to look at but not super-engaging play.

Don't see it if Actors portraying multiple roles is confusing to you even though they're very clearly realized.

During previews
80
Great acting, Intelligent, Original, Resonant, Dizzying

See it if you like theatre to be intelligent and enjoy juggling multiple characters and ideas.

Don't see it if you have little patience for multiple plot lines.

During previews
68
Ironically uncerebral

See it if 4 intertwined story lines that are all based on something having to do with the study of the brain or brain function yet not at all cerebral

Don't see it if The scene transitions were reminiscent of that recurring SNL skit about HS drama student productions with the cheesy percussion and choreo

During previews
75
Absorbing, Intelligent, Original, Dizzying, Thought-provoking

See it if you like smart, intelligent theatre about real subjects; great staging of a mildly confusing (intentional) story; thought provoking theater

Don't see it if you don't like to think; can't follow a non-linear story; get confused with scientific topics; don't like modern staging;

During previews
60
Confusing, Original

See it if you majored in psychology as an undergrad

Don't see it if you like linear shows, or don't like shows that require a lot of the audience's brainpower

During previews
71
Ambitious, Confusing, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if a modern take on memory and the brain appeals to you. Well acted, but unfortunately the stories don't mesh into a successful play.

Don't see it if you expect a comprehensible, straightforward plot. The actors manage multiple roles but the staging is confusing & the play doesn't cohere.

During previews
30
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if Obnoxious, combative, uncomfortable. Each actor played 4 chars. It seemed the chars were always in conflict. Either one was yelling or was

Don't see it if accusatory and was pulling words out of the other. 2 stories. One re a man who lost his memory and the other re a man who stole Einstein's b

During previews
73
Confusing, Great acting, Edgy, Clever, Original

See it if You like the cast...

Don't see it if You get confused very easily following an ever changing story line and scenes...

During previews
65
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you're interested in themes to do with science, personality, free will.

Don't see it if you're looking for something deep and meaningful. A couple of the actors are great, the writing and concept are only so so.

During previews
90
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).

During previews
90
Inventive, Moving, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see four actors give amazing performances of some pretty intense and intricate material. Fantastic play. Engaging and moving.

Don't see it if you find plays structured in short scenes with actors quickly shifting between multiple roles confusing.

During previews
80
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if Great cast plays multiple parts with multiple accents just about flawlessly intertwined. Engaging story, interestingly staged with no fuss.

Don't see it if If you don't want to pay attention. Considering it's a play about engaging our brains and how they work, it will make you keep up.

During previews
80
Clever, Dizzying, Great acting, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if You like intellectual theater that makes one think

Don't see it if You don't like working hard to follow what's going on and if you like to be moved.

During previews
82
Clever, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You are fascinated by Einstein's brain being stolen and love science. Remarkable acting and brilliant direction and staging. Keep alert!

Don't see it if You don't like non-linear narratives, a somewhat emotionally cold story or too intellectual theater that although brainy, lacks cohesion.

During previews
80
Profound, Clever, Great acting

See it if Similar to Constellations in style, great acting and transitions from character to character. The play is highly thematic.

Don't see it if non-linear story telling confuses you.

During previews
69
Great acting, Indulgent

See it if You want to see something thought provoking that doesn't quite take you anywhere interesting. Occasionally entertaining, but not worth it.

Don't see it if You do not appreciate experimental and pretentious theater. It feels similar to other Nick Payne plays, which never really hit the mark.


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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