Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Ed, Downloaded
The Ricketson Theatre: 1/11 – 2/17

     “Ed Downloaded” is an intriguing comedy about a terminally ill man and the women who loved him. When Ed dies he is offered the chance of immortality by having his brain downloaded along with ten of his favorite memories to take into eternity. Once his widow becomes aware of the memories he chose, she takes cyber-action to reboot.
           J.D. Taylor and Grace Rex

      Playwright Michael Mitnick’s play is refreshingly innovative and unpredictable.
     Act One is engrossing and although there are a couple of concerns with the clarity of Act Two, this is a show that will fascinate.
     Sam Buntrock directs. You know. The artist who snagged a Tony and an Olivier nomination for directing “Sunday in the Park With George?”
      Buntrock’s direction of Act One is paced at a good clip. Act Two however, still needs a little tweaking.
     It’s just a tad unclear as to what this post mortem cyber battle of the deceased man’s love interests really accomplishes. One major reason for this is a heavy reliance upon Charlie I. Miller’s eye-popping projections to carry the story line as opposed to letting the characters fight it out in the dialogue.
     The lighting (Brian Tovar) and scenic designs(James Kronzer) serve up a visual banquet that dazzles. The very fine sound design is by Tyler Nelson.

        J.D. Taylor and Annie Purcell

        Director Buntrock has cast the show with three debuting artists. JD Taylor is Edward. Annie Purcell is Ed’s wife, Selene. Grace Rex is Marionette/Ruby, Ed’s girl friend.

     Taylor stands out as the terminally ill Ed. This young artist has a strong stage presence and one hopes to see him again soon upon the Denver stage.

Single tickets for ED, DOWNLOADED, on sale now, start at $35 (non-SCFD) and also are available for $10 (SCFD 10 for $10 program) and are on sale now.  To purchase, call Denver Center Ticket Services at 303.893.4100.  For groups of 10 or more, please call 303.446.4829.  TTY (for Deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons): 303.893.9582.  Tickets also may be purchased at the Denver Center Ticket Office, located in the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex lobby.  Buy and print online at  Student rush $10 tickets are available one hour prior to curtain with a valid student ID subject to availability.  Senior and military rush tickets are available one hour prior to curtain, subject to availability. No children under four will be admitted to any theatre.

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