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 the intricacies of the mind calls out to you. The show establishes three unique perspectives of the correlation between the mind and self.
Don't see it if you like linearly structured plays, or find it difficult to follow shows where an actor plays multiple roles.
See it if you want to see gifted actors create multiple characters without the aid of costumes/props or changes in make-up and hair.
Don't see it if you want kitchen-sink drama, or don't have the patience to watch connections gradually emerge among seemingly unrelated characters.
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.
See it if You are a fan of Nick Payne. Similarly to Constellations, Incognito intelligently explores various stories and how they are interconnected.
Don't see it if You dislike experimental writing. There is no set narrative arc you would typically expect. The show requires thought and is not overt.
See it if If you like putting the pieces of a puzzle together that does not really reach any great conclusion.
Don't see it if You prefer to feel like you learned something when you see a play not just participated in an exercise of the mind.
See it if you're looking for a skilled set of actors to tell you a compelling story about the tragic inscrutability of the human mind.
Don't see it if You hate anything to do with science, you can't discern accents, you only like linear storytelling.
See it if you want engrossing theatre that wants you to actively think & feel in equal measure.
Don't see it if you dislike non-linear story telling or are unwilling to be attentive for the whole 90 minute performance.
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