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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 (185)


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

During previews
Clever, Funny, Original, Thought-provoking, Resonant

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.

During previews
Moving, Heather lind and geneva carr are superb., The production makes the most of a play that might well fail in lesser hands.

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.

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.

During previews
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Original

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.

During previews
Clever, Intelligent, Original, Quirky, Overrated

See it if You are interested in watching actors 'work at their craft'.

Don't see it if Your are looking for a drama. The show looks more like an acting exercise.

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.

During previews
Disappointing, Great acting, Slow, Original

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.

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if You like spare, small dramedy with very good performances.

Don't see it if You do not want to have to follow multiple stories simultaneously.

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

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.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Emotionally engaging, Resonant, Original, Great acting

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.

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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