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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Relevant, Ambitious

About the show

Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway returns to The Public in this one-woman show about an ace fighter pilot whose unexpected pregnancy ends her career in the sky. More…

Told in the form of a monologue, "Grounded" tells the story of a pregnant pilot re-assigned to operate military drones from a windowless trailer outside Las Vegas. She hunts terrorists by day and returns to her family each night. As the pressure to track a high-profile target mounts, the boundaries begin to blur between the desert in which she lives and the one she patrols half a world away. Directed by two-time Tony Award winner Julie Taymor.

Member Reviews (27)


Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Relevant, Ambitious
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Talky, Wobbly accent, Well staged, Draggy in parts, Overrated

See it if you love Anne Hathaway. The script isn't stellar (not particularly insightful). I've seen much better solo shows. Still, not unpleasant.

Don't see it if you're expecting a tour de force from Taymor and Hathaway. I liked it fine. AH's accent came-and-went; it wasn't necessary, so why try?

Also I'm catching up on shows I saw, but didn't review. Because of the name... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intense

See it if Anne Hathaway is a powerhouse is this one woman play. Stunningly staged by Julie Taymor. Riveting!

Don't see it if no reason not to see it.

Riveting, Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Profound

See it if You like masterful performances

Don't see it if You don't like one woman shows.

Absorbing, Slow, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You're a big fan of Anne Hathaway and like war plays -- not one or the other.

Don't see it if You dislike one-person plays and need more action than dialogue.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant

See it if Anne Hathaway does a great job of conveying the frustrations of a drone bomber. She was riveting.

Don't see it if The descriptions of the havoc her bombs wreak may be disturbing to some.

Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if You like intense, introspective, drama. You are against armed conflict, how it affects armed service personnel to engage in mass destruction

Don't see it if You are a firm hawk, you think questioning peace is unpatriotic.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Intense

See it if you want to see a show about the Iraq war, you like one-person shows, you like stories about strong women.

Don't see it if you think the premise is too much for you, you like shows with multiple actors.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Masterful

See it if an original play with a deep, intense story line. Anne Hathaway's intense performance drags you in to the story as it unfolds.

Don't see it if are looking for a light hearted comedy

Thought-provoking, Original, Intense, Great staging, Clever

See it if you enjoy a one woman show

Don't see it if the thought of surveillance scares you

Absorbing, Intense, Predictable, Masterful, Relevant

See it if you want tour-de-force visuals about an air-force pilot & a riveting star-turn from rosy-cheeked Anne Hathaway

Don't see it if you don't buy Hathaway as a war-hardened, thrill-seeking soldier and expect nuanced writing when A-list talent & producers choose a play.

Great acting, Great staging, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You like Anne Hathaway and you care about military stories featuring women (e.g. you liked Zero Dark Thirty)

Don't see it if You expect to see transcendent theater or have a huge cry.

Thought-provoking, Riveting, Masterful, Must see, Great acting

See it if If you want to see an incredible performance and like Anne Hathaway (who gives a stunning performance!!)

Don't see it if If you don't like Anne Hathaway or one woman plays.

Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if I didn't enjoy the story. Andy Carl and the rest of he cast was good.the music and dancing was pretty good. It was boring

Don't see it if If you liked the movie I guess you will like the show,otherwise don't bother.

Clever, Intense, Must see, Great acting, Epic

See it if you want to see some top-notch acting on an important and relevant issue facing the military.

Don't see it if you cannot stand Anne Hathaway, and does not want to see an intense play.

Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You want to see Anne Hathaway performing a masterful piece of acting

Don't see it if You're just looking for a fun time at the theater.

Great acting, Inventive, Relevant, Beautifully staged

See it if You love Anne Hathaway and Julie Taymor.

Don't see it if You're expecting a fully-reasoned expose on drone warfare.

Ambitious, Edgy, Masterful, Intense, Original

See it if Original thought provoming theatre

Don't see it if You are looking for light theatre

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you appreciate storytelling that brings current events from the newspapers to life. This play should be acted out on stages across the US.

Don't see it if you're looking for a light and fluffy night at the theater.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Riveting, Intense

See it if You like something that's different and unexpected. Anne Hathaway's performance was amazing

Don't see it if You don't like serious plays that may be hard to follow at times and don't have a clear ending

Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if the thought of a one-woman show with Anne Hathaway, dir by Taymor intrigues you. Which it should as she is brilliant. Provocative and deep.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy shows dealing with political or timely issues like drone pilots in the military.

Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You love the movie and/or the work of Tim Minchin. This show is an incredibly fun time.

Don't see it if You want something grim and majestic.

Great acting, Ambitious, Slow

See it if You are a fan of the actress playing the role. Anne Hathaway was amazing to watch.

Don't see it if You don't like slow moving shows. The show is long and slow moving, but it is interesting to watch.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Intense

See it if To see Anne Hathaway in an intense performance and to see what drones are doing to the mind

Don't see it if You do not care about drones being used in warfare

Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Slow

See it if You've never seen a one-man show

Don't see it if You're looking for a little more stage action

Clever, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of the movie. Enjoy ingenious and energetic staging. The score is not as memorable as "Matilda", but advances the plot well.

Don't see it if You have difficulty processing plot development. Think Bill Murray's take on the character could not be would be wrong!

Also The first act gets understandably bogged down with exposition, but nev... Read more Read less

April 26th, 2015
"Mr. Brant’s play draws a nuanced and haunting portrait of a woman serving in the United States Armed Forces...Some baggy or repetitive passages notwithstanding, Mr. Brant’s writing largely remains taut, terse and concentrated on exposing the fissures that open in the heroine’s confidence and sen...
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September 16th, 2015
"Taymor’s busy, illustrative direction—which surrounds the actress with showy projections and sound effects—adds to the trouble; her staging of the play’s new ending hovers at the edge of kitsch. It’s good to see Hathaway spreading her wings, but the end result doesn’t take flight."
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April 26th, 2015
"Why doesn't this impressive production pack more of an emotional wallop? The technical wizardry and star power expose the limitations of the play...Brant's ending seems melodramatic. And perhaps all the directorial pyrotechnics, while making this production unusually dynamic for a solo show, con...
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April 26th, 2015
"The Public Theater’s intimate Anspacher space proves the ideal staging area for Taymor’s arsenal of pyrotechnics...The tricky part for both actor and director is the Pilot’s gradual enlightenment about what it actually means to fly a drone."
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