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The Neurology of the Soul

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Members say: Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Clever, Great acting, Disappointing

About the show

Untitled Theater Company No. 61 presents this new play examining the nexus between neuroscience, marketing, art, and love. More…

Set at a neuromarketing firm, "The Neurology of the Soul" follows a neuroscientist who is trying to scientifically define love, his wife, an artist who is using her brain scans as the basis of video self-portraits, a marketer who is trying to apply the science of love to advertising, and a gallery owner who deals with art as a commodity.


Member Reviews (48)

MEMBERS SAY:

Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Clever, Great acting, Disappointing
73
Avg Score

67
Banal, Overrated, Slow, Disappointing

See it if There is some good acting here. If you like slow plays. If your interested in science.

Don't see it if Very uneven, poorly written. It goes on and on.

85
Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if Thought provoking re: What if. Post performance talks by experts in the field.Nice use of videos.hope for a follow up when more info is ..

Don't see it if When actors behind the screen the voices need clarity.Post play interviewee when answer co host tended to talk to him and not the audience

77
Long, Smart, Engaging, A bit sentimental, Probing

See it if you’d like to see a piece that puts some of our civilization’s big ticket items on trial: love, science, need, commerce, fidelity, art…

Don't see it if you don’t think of the theater as a place you want to think.

Also Love, science, need, commerce, fidelity, art: I’m glad that playwright... Read more Read less

80
Intelligent, Relevant, Clever, Well presented, Interesting staging

See it if for the insightful blend of science & art that underpins the plot. The theater has artwork & post show interviews to support the theme.

Don't see it if you have triggering issues with brain explorations and MRIs.

74
Clever, Intelligent, Edgy, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you would like good juxtaposition of marketing and human neurological response research presented in an entertaining way w/ good projections

Don't see it if you do not want to watch the ills of market techniques and relationship troubles by researchers with loved ones.

60
Slow, Boring, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if Science and art can meld beautifully. Unfortunately they do not do so in this play. I never felt engaged by any of the actors. Do you agree

Don't see it if You need well developed characters rather than cardboard cut outs to enjoy a play. You are easily bored by slow moving stories on stage.

60
Banal, Great staging, Excruciating, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You really like a slooow sci-fi type romance.

Don't see it if You want an entertaining show. Best part of this is the stage sets.

86
Great acting, Interesting set and projections, Thought-provoking, Intelligent writing

See it if Neuroscientist scans wife’s brain to measure emotions (love). Results are used by his boss for product marketing and by his wife to make art

Don't see it if You don’t like intellectually challenging plays that examine what it means to be human, to love, appreciate art, make & sell things of value

Also This play provides an overview of scientific neurological research and... Read more Read less

75
Thought-provoking, Good acting, Interesting, Realistic characterizations, Well written

See it if you like plays that are thought provoking, unique in theme, realistic dialog, good characterizations and fine acting.

Don't see it if you dislike plays that deal with scientific mind research and the effects on human lives and serious rather then light/comic presentations.

93
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if If you a great story of mind vs. heart vs marketing told by a super cast.

Don't see it if You like more traditional theater.

74
Clever, Great acting, Quirky, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like science , art ,and an exploration of relationship dynamics It didn’t go deep enough but was entertaining

Don't see it if You want to be seriously challenged. This is more stereotypical but fun enough

79
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Clever

See it if you're interested in new technology and the business of promoting and selling works of art .

Don't see it if you want to hear all the lines spoken by the female lead. She spoke too low, too fast and often behind a curtain.

72
Heady mix of ideas about cognitive neurology, marketing & love, Ted talk meets domestic drama, Ambitious

See it if you're interested in the neural bases of emotion, consciousness, suggestibility, and motivation. Einhorn juggles these impressively.

Don't see it if you prefer to engage with complex believable characters over ideas. This is Stoppard lite, but without compelling human behavior

Also Playwright director Einhorn's ambitious, idea-driven play attempts to ... Read more Read less

61
Ambitious, Disappointing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You are interested in marketing, art, or neuroscience--you are more intellectual than emotional

Don't see it if you want believable characters enacting a believable situation.

Also There is a play in there trying to get out. The premise is an interest... Read more Read less

70
Absorbing, Intelligent, Romantic, Undercooked

See it if A neurological researcher uses his wife as his subject for experiments to image the brain in response to romantic and sexual stimuli.

Don't see it if ... if you don't enjoy plays that need more work. The concept is very interesting, but actors are stiff or miscast.

72
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Romantic, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in a play that deals with scientific research on love which the results might change the view of neuroscience

Don't see it if You do not like small productions, plays with a lot of medical and science referrals, infedility, love

Also This was definitely an interesting subject and makes you question a lo... Read more Read less

78
Cliched, Intelligent, Great acting, Relevant, Romantic

See it if You want a smart but simple love story about how neuroscience can be used by us and against ourselves. Enjoy two dynamic performances

Don't see it if You mind a main arc that is predictable and at the end a bit sappy. Don’t get academic humor or enjoy that.

60
Disappointing, Cliched, Banal, Great acting

See it if want to be reminded about everything that you ever read about neuroscience and marketing; you are fans of 4 good actors

Don't see it if do not want to be bored for 1 hour and 40min looking on predictable situations on stage and listening to the banalities. Stay home, please

Also nice, clean location, comfortable chairs, a little far from a subway; ... Read more Read less

75
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy a play that examines the nexus between neuroscience, marketing , art and love

Don't see it if You have no imagination

66
Disappointing, Cliched, Stereotypical characters

See it if ...you’re interested the dangers of using science to enhance marketing techniques. Also a story that combines Pygmalion & Frankenstein.

Don't see it if You expect a well cast play. The part of Marc was well cast & well developed. The characters, Stephen and Amy were not well written or cast.

69
Disappointing, Great staging, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You just like science (though trying to explain love thru science is really kinda foolish IMHO)

Don't see it if you're expecting witty dialogue and thought-provoking themes

65
Banal, Disappointing

See it if you are interested in entertaining a new idea about how the psyche might work..

Don't see it if you are looking for a an insightful and original take on how our brain works.

83
Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Edgy

See it if You like plays with twisted plots and good acting.

Don't see it if You like plays with simple story lines that are easy to follow.

80
Great acting, Refreshing, Great writing, Entertaining, Worth your time

See it if You like well paced, well acted theater and clever staging.

Don't see it if you like musicals and other flashy theater.

75
Great acting, Clever

See it if You like to learn while being entertained.

Don't see it if If you do not enjoy shows that are different and want different perspectives.


February 24th, 2019
"The production’s video design and sound are excellent, particularly when Amy’s exhibition takes over the set. But in a play that juxtaposes art and science, love and money, private thoughts and public data, it feels like technology might have gotten a disproportionate share of directorial attent...
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February 16th, 2019
"A fascinating, engaging, and ingenious evening of theatre...His text is rich with intellectual insights, spiritual musings, fast-paced dialogue, which could easily overwhelm an audience in concept. Yet, Einhorn has once again mastered an exhilarating balance of infusing a story with awe-inspirin...
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February 21st, 2019
"If you ever wanted to be loved only for your mind, this is the setup for you...Handled differently, it might have made for a sexy and stimulating evening...Amy and Stephen make a dullish pair...Einhorn's direction does little to put some starch into these slow-moving proceedings...The bones of t...
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February 12th, 2019
“While introducing many intellectually interesting ideas...The lack of stakes...in just about everything made it hard...to follow the emotional journey of the characters...The acting was universally ungrounded...As an intellectual exploration, ‘Neurology of the Soul’ gives the audience a lot to t...
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