BROADWAY BUZZ | INCOGNITO / by Brackett Bilodeau

Image courtesy of newyorkcitytheatre.com

Image courtesy of newyorkcitytheatre.com

Ever thought about how the mind and memory works? Off-Broadway’s latest addition Incognito explores just that. Playwright Nick Payne makes his return to MTC in this bizarre, thought-provoking new piece, taking three true stories and spinning them together into one fictional story with just four actors portraying 21 different characters -- a web of plot lines woven together expertly under Payne’s talented hand. Without giving too much away, Incognito jumps from one story to the next, each one unfolding as the actors flip between characters at the drop of a hat.

Tony nominee Geneva Carr (Hand to God) plays Martha Murphy, an uptight neuropsychologist falling for a street-wise younger woman, played by Heather Lind (The Merchant of Venice). Lind takes on three more characters, including Margaret Thomson, fiancée to Henry Maison, portrayed heartbreakingly by Charlie Cox (Netflix’s Daredevil). Cox plays five other characters, including Hans Albert Einstein, the son of the legendary scientist, who grants permission to Thomas Harvey (Morgan Spector, Machinal), to dissect and study his father’s brain.

Tony winner Douglas Hughes (Doubt) directs the cast, beautifully creating real-life action and movement, coupled with the scenic design by three-time Tony winner Scott Pask (The Book of Mormon), whose design is shockingly muted in contrast to his past sets, which have been extremely complex and detailed.

Incognito is playing at New York City Center Stage 1 as one of MTC’s final shows of the 2015-2016 season through June 26th. Contact your Attaché for tickets.