EXCERPTS FROM THE REVIEW
The following are excerpts from the October 21, 2014 Baltimore Sun Review of Grounded by Tim Smith
Clocking in at a mere 70 minutes, "Grounded" packs in more incident and emotion than many an evening-length work. Like the hit TV cable show "Homeland," the play puts you uncomfortably close to the chilling reality behind the war-on-terror headlines.
Anderson’s tour de force is especially notable for wonderfully subtle touches. When the pilot talks about home life — "Keeps me at home; keeps me away from the blue" — the actress drops the volume of her voice on the word "blue." The change happens in a flash, less than the 1.2 seconds it takes for a command to be carried out by a drone, but the exquisitely wistful effect lasts and lasts.
Giving a wry look off to the side whenever trying to convince you that she’s not proud of herself; expressing the hope that her daughter won't grow up to be a useless "hair-tosser"; fretting over the spying done on all of us all the time; getting caught up in the business of long-distance warfare from Nevada, where the "threat of death [is] removed" — Anderson makes each shift of tone, mood and place register.
Goldman's imaginative direction has the actress using a great deal of the nearly bare stage so that there is never a danger of slipping into static monologue. The production is made all the more involving by the deftly designed set (Luciana Stecconi), projections (Jared Mezzocchi), lighting (Harold F. Burgess II) and sound (Eric Shimelonis).
"Grounded" could not be much more timely. Everyman's staging could not be much more potent.