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Brandon Gorin

Identity enters a sci-fi spin cycle in 'Self, Inc.'

Identity enters a sci-fi spin cycle in 'Self, Inc.'

Science fiction tends to play by its own generous rules, but it helps to have a clearly defined purpose and a consistent tone. Those two traits are lacking in J-F Bibeau's "Self, Inc.," a Baltimore Playwrights Festival entry getting its premiere by the Theatrical Mining Company at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

The time travel-reliant plot concerns personal identity-related issues within a corporate context, but it's not certain exactly what Bibeau wants to say about such things. That fuzzy purpose isn't helped any by a tone that's usually campy, but occasionally aims for more dramatic heft.

This play's setting is the corporate headquarters...