Incognito

Home Grown Theatre Co

Show Information:

Princeton, 1955: a scientist steals Einstein's brain hoping to unlock superhuman intelligence. London, 2012: a psychologist decides to start her life over and finds herself in over her head. Bath, England, 1953: after an experimental surgery gone awry, a man spends the rest of his days re-living the blissful moment he got engaged. Four actors play all 21 characters in this charming and exhilarating play that weaves three stories together, asking us if memory and identity are simply illusions.

Written by Nick Payne, Directed by Hersh Ellis

Venue

City Stage at Union Station

30 West Pershing

Kansas City, MO 64108

Show Times

July 22 - Saturday - 9:00pm

July 23 - Sunday - 3:00pm

July 24 - Monday - 7:30pm

July 26 - Wednesday - 9:00pm

July 27 - Thursday - 6:00pm

July 29 - Saturday - 6:00pm

Category

Theatre

Runtime

60 Minutes

Rating

Parental Guidance

Warning

Adult Language

11 Comments

  1. Dean Michaels on July 23, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    Great actors are in this production! But wow, another disjointed plot production from the Home Grown Theatre Co. (Geography….was the other) Plus, the main prop (a fake grand piano) looked like it was going to collapse throughout the performance. Yikes! It would be great to see the talent in this cast tackle a better written play. Go for the acting…….but drink some coffee before to stay awake during the storyline.



  2. Laura on July 23, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Fantastic acting! These 4 actors move seamlessly from character to character. But, the 3 stories don’t connect, yet they should according to the synopsis. I recommend this for the quality of the talent, but good luck understanding the story connections. Also, the outer leg of the grand piano prop was ready to collapse, and that was disconcerting, to say the least.



  3. Steve Miller on July 23, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    What a smart and sweet play performed by 4 effortlessly talented actors. unique and moving that should not be missed. I do agree though they should fix that piano.



  4. Jim on July 24, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Loved the play. The actors were amazing and engaging. “The Brain is a story teller, and it is very good at it.”, but what happens when the brain mixes up the stories, gets off track, or gets stuck in a loop.
    It would have helped if there was a timeline queue (clothing, a newspaper, TV Ad, something) for each scene, as the time jumped frequently from 1955 – 1961 to a more current time. The most difficult time lines to track & separate were (Margaret, Martha, Evelyn). That part of the presentation could use some polish and clarity. I would love to see this play again in the next step.
    In our show Henry played the piano, but this is the Fringe..



  5. Jan on July 24, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    WORTH SEEING . Cleverly directed & presented. Marvelous, TALENTED, actors. I was totally engaged the whole show.



  6. John Adams on July 24, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Complex, beautifully acted show. To me, this is the best of both worlds. You need to pay attention to the show as a whole to understand how the scenes fit together, but no individual scene is in any way obtuse or incomprehensible; in fact, at the micro/scene level, you have compelling drama with bits of humor, while at the macro/show level, you have a challenging (but not unsolvable) puzzle. Highly recommended!



  7. Craig Lubow on July 27, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    I rate this show a nine out of ten. Terrific acting and wonderful story. There are four cast members that play 21 characters. It is different stories woven together, but all have aspects of some degree of mental illness. It is actually more uplifting and not a sad play. Hersh Ellis, the playwright, was a genius on this one!



  8. Sarah on July 27, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Funny. Heartfelt. Sophisticated. Though Provoking, Takes about 15 minutes to catch on, but once you do it takes you on one hell of a ride. Do yourself a favor and don’t miss this one.



  9. Luke M. on July 28, 2017 at 12:12 am

    Here’s the deal, the acting was phenomenal. You don’t go to a fringe show expecting to see that kind of acting.

    The story was confusing, the way they connected wasn’t the best. I think the writer could’ve done so much more, and probably should’ve reworked some of the scenes.

    All in all, it was a good show with reworking it definitely has some great potential, it just didn’t get there tonight.



  10. Luke on July 28, 2017 at 4:10 am

    Three stories intertwined with a loose theme about personal identity. Not a lite play and will require your full attention. The scene changes were crisp and well executed using both sound and lighting. At times it was difficult to discern the scenes at first, but overall the actors did a fantastic job playing multiple characters each (four people, twenty one characters). The different timelines reminds me a bit of the movie Memento and much like watching Memento for the first time I’ll need to re-watch for full understanding.



  11. Jennifer on July 29, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    This play leaves you thinking for days and wanting to see it again and again. The actors did an unbelievable job carrying off a difficult dialogue for multiple characters each with different dialects. What talent in the acting and directing. A must see!



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