Best Of 2017

BEST ACTRESS: Emilia Sargent in Tampa Rep's Grounded


For the 90 uninterrupted minutes of George Brant’s one-woman show, the brilliant Emilia Sargent was a feminist heroine, a war-loving fighter pilot, a lusty wife, a doting mother and a once-reluctant drone operator whose job increasingly wears down her self-possession and her sanity. Sargent handled all these complexities and more: her performance was mind-bogglingly moving, worrying, triumphant. She was especially persuasive in convincing us that her obsession with killing “bad guys” was warping her entire personality, threatening all her personal relationships. Her character may have been grounded, but this actress soared. —Mark Leib