I hate the person who got between me and a virgin experience of Michael Fosberg's one-man show, Incognito, though I'm not sure who it was. The buzz about this play was flying so fast and loud after it opened--first in a single reading at Chicago's Mercury Theatre last March and then in a successful run this fall at Bailiwick Repertory--that it was hard to stay clear of it. Incognito is based on Fosberg's real-life search for his birth father and includes a discovery that's said to pack a wallop. Though I haven't seen the play yet, the edge was taken off for me (and many others) by one blabbermouth critic or another. Fosberg says that may not be ideal, but he's OK with it. "I don't think about who knows and who doesn't," he says. "I'm there to tell a story. My experience has been that it's powerful for people who know the story [coming in] as well as those who don't." Plot spoilers won't keep me away during the play's current run at Apple Tree Theatre, but if you haven't heard anything about this show, I envy you, and suggest you stop reading about it right now. Just get yourself a ticket and stay pure until curtain. Incognito opens Sunday, February 17, and runs through March 17 at Apple Tree, 595 Elm in Highland Park. Performances are Fridays at 8, Saturdays at 5 and 8:30, Sundays at 3 and 7, and Wednesdays at 7:30. Tickets range from $25 to $35; call 847-432-4335.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Rusty Hernandez.