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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
Avg Score

Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if you want something thought-provoking, slightly futuristic, and intense.

Don't see it if You find one-person plays to be slow and boring, or want something with a little more lilt and fun in it, because this definitely does not.

Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Delightful, Funny

See it if You enjoyed the movie

Don't see it if You hated the movie

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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