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May 29, 2014 10:04 am

Incognito

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Nick Payne’s latest play investigates memory and identity, showing that the brain’s greatest illusion is to make us believe that there is an “us”, an “I”, behind it all. He blends real-life figures, such as the pathologist who took Einstein’s brain and the amnesiac who lost the ability to form memories and lived over 50 years in a continuous present, with fictitious characters.

Over 20 of them are origamied in Joe Murphy’s nimble production into four actors morphing from scene to scene and sometimes from sentence to sentence. This continues the approach of Payne’s Constellations a couple of years ago, of showing huge scientific questions in an immediate human-scale story, but is both more ambitious and even more satisfying.

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