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  Incognito at Son Of Semele


Son Of Semele
3301 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles

What makes us us? Nick Payne’s ingenious, time-traveling adventure weaves together three personal quests to get to the heart of the mind: a wannabe research pioneer absconds with Einstein’s brain; a newlywed fights to hang onto the memory of his love after a botched operation; and a freshly divorced neuroscientist struggles to find hope in the face of cold hard facts. Incognito features four actors giving life to a globe-hopping cast of colorful characters. Says The New York Times, “It feels right that so few should incarnate so many, since one of Mr. Payne’s implicit points here is that we’re all siblings under the skull. That philosophy means you’re likely to identify with every one of these characters, all groping for certain knowledge and all destined to be thwarted.”

Thru - Apr 7, 2019

Price: $25

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 213-351-3507

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Stage and Cinema - Not Recommended

"...Not only is it grueling for us, but this grey matter is also way over the head of Son of Semele Ensemble. It’s bad enough the playwright manages to mistake science for meaning, of which there is little, but director Don Boughton is obviously daunted by the task of delineating scenes for us. These poor actors — although not as poor as the poor audience that has to watch these poor actors — have to switch accents (British, Mid-West, Jersey) and situations (you know, like epileptic seizures, murder, and lovemaking) at the drop of a hat. How do they do it? Moving tiny benches."
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Tony Frankel

Stage Raw - Highly Recommended

"...I am happy to say that Nick Payne’s mind-bending play Incognito at Son of Semele is very much worth the attention of any devoted theatergoer and does not suffer the fate of Constellations, another work of his produced at the Geffen Playhouse in 2017. That remains burned in my memory as one of the worst productions I’ve ever seen, as Ginnifer Goodwin’s one-note performance reduced Payne’s multi-colored Cubist style to a monotone of slate gray. As I wrote at the time: “Poor Nick Payne! By Goodwin at the Geffen slain.”"
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Stephen Fife

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