PAWTUCKET — “Incognito,” the play by British playwright Nick Payne now on stage at The Gamm, is a play about “concealed identity, though here the mystery lies in the very concept of a stable, knowable self,” according to Los Angeles Times reviewer Philip Brandes.
The play features four actors who play a total of 21 characters in the play’s three interwoven stories; a pathologist steals the brain of Albert Einstein; a neuropsychologist embarks on her first romance with another woman; and an acute amnesiac repeatedly forgets everything but his love for his wife.
“Incognito” braids the mysterious stories into one play, asking whether memory and identity are nothing but illusions. Or, as Ben Brantlee wrote in the New York Times after the play opened at City Center Stage, “Yet the biggest mystery of all, the one that dominates every aspect of this lively, self-examining drama of ideas, is the very apparatus that you’re using to make sense of this sentence. I mean your brain.”
Payne, author of the Broadway sensation “Constellations,” is “fast becoming the theater’s equivalent to Prof. Brian Cox, the heartthrob science nerd of the BBC,” Brantlee wrote in hid may 2016 review.
“Incognito” has been called an “astonishing and original” play for our times by The Telegraph.
Directed by Tyler Dobrowsky, the play ison stage at the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, 172 Exchange St., through Sunday, Dec. 10.
Up next at the Gamm will be the comedy, “The Santaland Diaries” by David Sedaris from Dec. 13 to 23.
For more information or for tickets, visit gammtheatre.org