Incognito is a thinking man’s (okay or woman’s) play! Hope to see it pop up somewhere again!
Brain matter, preserved or degenerating, makes for interesting study.
Nick Payne’s Incognito, at Manhattan Theatre Club’s City Center Stage I through July 10th, analyzes and dissects, as it were, the ideas of individality/personality and cognition/memory, along with many other entertaining propositions.
Much of the plot of Incognito hinges on the theft of Einstein’s brain and goes full circle, with 4 actors portraying 21 characters in rapid and fluid succession. The story has basis in fact: Dr. Thomas Harvey (Morgan Spector) actually did take the brain with the intent to see what genius looks like, and kept it with him for the next 40 years; it appears he did not find out much in the course of his “studies,” but you will find out a great deal from Payne’s fascinating play.
Questions of sexual identity, loss and recollection are all touched upon in the course of the exciting and novel short theatrical piece. It’s…
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