MTC Extends Nick Payne's INCOGNITO

By: Jun. 01, 2016
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Lynne Meadow and Barry Grove have announced two added weeks of performances for Incognito, the American premiere of the new play written by Nick Payne (Constellations) and directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (The Father, Doubt, Outside Mullingar), which opened last Tuesday, May 24 to rave reviews at MTC at New York City Center - Stage I (131 West 55th Street). The limited engagement will now play through Sunday, July 10.

Below is a sample of what New York critics had to say about the production, which features Tony Award nominee and Theatre World Award winner Geneva Carr (Hand To God), Charlie Cox (Netflix's "Daredevil"), Heather Lind (AMC's "Turn: Washington's Spies"), and Drama Desk Award nominee Morgan Spector (Ironbound). The four actors play a combined 20 characters within Incognito's three interwoven stories.

"As directed by Mr. Hughes, Incognito is remarkable. The script's diverse figures are embodied by an exceptionally supple ensemble of four: the vivid Geneva Carr, the sensational Charlie Cox, the tenderly frustrated Heather Lind and the feverishly defensive Morgan Spector, who shift among their identities with crisply delineating stances and accents. As befits a work about the vagaries of memory, Mr. Payne's multilayered works remains in your mind, challenging our most fundamental notions of autonomous selfhood." -Ben Brantley, The New York Times

"Four stars. Nick Payne's brainteaser is at the top of its class." -Alexis Soloski, The Guardian

"Geneva Carr, Charlie Cox, Heather Lind and Morgan Spector play 20 parts between them with remarkable dexterity. Incognito is that rare thing: a piece of theatre that really forces us to think." -Max McGuinness, Financial Times

"Director Doug Hughes has employed a quartet of instantly likable performers who dexterously shift from role to role, dialect to dialect, with an exceptional nimbleness. Geneva Carr, Charlie Cox, Heather Lind and Morgan Spector are the truest definition of a theatrical ensemble, bringing passion to every moment and volleying back and forth with laser-like precision." -David Gordon, TheaterMania

"The actors have nothing to play off of but each other, and with what feels like a millisecond between scenes, they transform completely. Incognito is an actor's dream." -Caitlin Brody, Entertainment Weekly

"By the end of its 85 minutes, Incognito proves fleet, witty and heartbreaking." -Christopher Kelly, Star-Ledger

Nick Payne, the acclaimed writer who brought you the sold-out Broadway sensation Constellations, returns to Manhattan Theatre Club with the American premiere of Incognito, an "astonishing and original" new play (The Telegraph).

A pathologist steals the brain of Albert Einstein; a neuropsychologist embarks on her first romance with another woman; a seizure patient forgets everything but how much he loves his girlfriend. Incognito braids these mysterious stories into one breathtaking whole that asks whether memory and identity are nothing but illusions. Directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (The Father, Doubt, Outside Mullingar), Incognito takes us into the last uncharted realm-the mind.

The creative team for Incognito features Scott Pask (scenic design), Catherine Zuber (costume design), Ben Stanton (lighting design), David Van Tieghem (original music & sound design), Peter Pucci (movement direction), Stephen Gabis (dialect coach), and J. David Brimmer (fight director).

Photo by Joan Marcus