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 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 !
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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;
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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