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Grounded
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Grounded NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(27 Reviews)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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.

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70
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? Read more

95
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.

Critic Reviews (21)

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 sense of honor...'Grounded' has a grimly fresh topicality."
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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, contribute to a certain detachment from the experience being portrayed."
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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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April 28th, 2015

"What Mr. Brant has done is to find the poetry in the rhythms of everyday speech. The strength of Ms. Hathaway’s performance lies in the gauged intensity with which she responds to the poetic aspect of 'Grounded.' But 'Grounded' is smothered in a thick sauce of overelaborate visual and sound effects."
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April 26th, 2015

"Its divisive subject is as current as the front page of today’s New York Times...It’s unassailably dramatic, kinetic and provocative...Writer, director and character merge in a single, indelible unity of vision I won’t soon forget."
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April 26th, 2015

"A real gem...The play trains audiences’ eyes on a slice of life unfamiliar to most people. That makes the show worthwhile; the crisp, smart script makes it even better."
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May 1st, 2015

"The play doesn’t provide any easy answers. What it does do is present a highly compelling portrait of a bright woman who comes to the realization that she has become an executioner. 'Grounded' is an expertly crafted work that adds a unique dimension to a very controversial and timely issue."
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April 26th, 2015

"Taymor makes an impressive shift to something more intimate and psychological...She creates striking images to represent the changing world of the pilot...Brant's intriguing and engaging script doesn't argue policy, but is more fixed on the notion that modern technology is capable of turning soldiers into assassins, if only human conscience wouldn't stand in the way."
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April 26th, 2015

"The evening is as much a sensory experience as it is a literary one. For all the physical aspects, however, director Taymor boils it all down to a piece about a single, solitary human being whose certainties slowly erode. Fierce, confused, angry, loving, exultant — Hathaway is as multi-colored as the Las Vegas neon that patterns the floor. What's unsaid in 'Grounded' is as potent as what is."
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April 26th, 2015

"it’s my guess I would have liked “Grounded” better in almost any of its other productions...One senses the director is giving us this ride for its own sake...No one would deny that Julie Taymor’s 'Grounded' is visually arresting. But it is also dramatically arrested. Her emphasis on the special effects is distracting and overkill."
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April 27th, 2015

"This production, unnervingly gorgeous and overwrought, considers the costs of fighting a foreign war from home...The breadth of the design and the intensity of the performance try to widen out the play in ways that don’t always flatter the script, flattening its ambiguities, underscoring symbols that were already obvious. And yet, the conclusion still chills."
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April 26th, 2015

"The production is effective and often dazzling. It does what it’s supposed to do: take us inside the pilot’s mind. But 'Grounded' skimps on relationships. This character is many things, but not a solo act. The staging lets us know that the pilot is separated from everyone else by technology, but it’s the play that separates her from the audience."
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April 29th, 2015

"George Brant's 2011 drama is more than just eerily prescient. Nor is the work merely a flashy vehicle for a glamour-puss movie star and an A-list director. This is a taut, visceral psychological portrait of a rare woman fighter pilot. 'Grounded' spreads the damage around with a precision strike on modern life itself."
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April 27th, 2015

"Onstage alone for 85 minutes, she grabs the audience and takes it on a compelling dramatic journey. Directed by Julie Taymor, the production throbs with movement, background music and flashing projections...A disturbing play brought to vivid life by Hathaway's performance."
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April 27th, 2015

"Brant provides scant geopolitical context, and arguably this lack of facts helps to reinforce the soullessness of the pilot’s existence, but his writing style is a bit too staccato for my taste — a few developed anecdotes would have helped deepen the story emotionally. But Hathaway’s memorably kinetic performance is noteworthy in itself."
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April 6th, 2015

"A rare and precious experience: theatre that is both soul searing and core shaking...The play implicitly critiques the military’s use of drones, yet it concentrates on one woman’s existence and the personal toll of deploying destructive power at an alienated distance. "Grounded" weaves a brilliant and visceral story about a woman on the edge of collapse, in a messy, complicated and dangerous world."
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January 17th, 2014
For a previous production

"The play, which won the 2012 Smith Prize for works about American politics, obliquely ponders how advances in technology are affecting the psychology of men and women in the armed forces. The answers it suggests are not the simple ones you might expect; in fact, while “Grounded” is mostly gripping as a portrait of a particular woman facing particular traumas, it ultimately doesn’t provide much fodder for larger reflections on American foreign policy."
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January 6th, 2014
For a previous production

"Sharp-eyed, timely script. "Grounded" lets no one off easy; it forces the audience into a greater awareness of our own complicity in America’s drifts."
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January 16th, 2014
For a previous production

"It is a difficult thing to make a captivating experience out of a single monologue. Yet the story we hear in playwright George Brant's Grounded keeps us mesmerized. Brant's words pulse with the rhythms of an epic war poem but this solo play brings a modern sensibility to the ancient theme of war that Homer could have never imagined...so a thought-provoking, thoroughly engrossing production like Grounded will make a welcome and important addition to your theatergoing diet."
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January 14th, 2014
For a previous production

"Last night I was blown away, though happily not literally, by a brilliant stage performance at Page 73..."Grounded" powerfully focuses on the human element, on both sides of the joystick that unleashes drones overseas. Don’t miss it."
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