REVIEW ROUNDUP: “What the Constitution Means to Me” Opened with a ShowScore of 83

Show-Score | Oct 2, 2018
“What the Constitution Means to Me,” written by Heidi Schreck and directed by Oliver Butler, opened on October  1, 2018 in New York City. “What the Constitution Means to Me,” written by Heidi Schreck and directed by Oliver Butler, opened on October 1, 2018 in New York City.


10 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 82.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 65
"The production feels less like a finished play than an endlessly open-ended conversation, being invented on the spot...Personally, I could have done with a bit more theatrical manipulation throughout, with more varied heightening of tone and pace. At times, listening to Ms. Schreck can feel like reading page after page of unpunctuated, unparagraphed prose. But if the show still has the shapelessness of a work-in-progress, that’s appropriate to the subject, isn’t it?"
Helen Shaw
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 85
"The show offers a compelling mix of earnest sweetness and thundering mountaintop fury. As the show began on the 27th, though, the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings were still ringing in the audience’s ears, and Schreck—a fizzy presence—cried through nearly the entire performance. So did I. Yet there is more in Schreck’s piece than a pure appeal to emotion; there’s a deep and rational argument about the purpose of rhetoric, the value of giving a girl a podium."
David Finkle
New York Stage Review
ShowScore: 85
"The unique outing is a barrel of laughs, while at the same time being seriously instructive...I bought the debate’s spontaneity. I bought Schreck’s whole kit and caboodle for the same reason that underneath the laughter and her quick way with an adlib, she means everything she’s saying...She’s vastly amusing, all right, but she’s also unmistakably politically engaged. You love her for it."

“What the Constitution Means to Me” was also reviewed by Michael Bracken of Theater Pizzazz, Jesse Oxfeld of New York Stage Review, Naveen Kumar of Towleroad, Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Robert Sholiton of Gotham Playgoer, and Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour.


The show was also reviewed by 100 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 83.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Relevant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Entertaining

JimDM, ShowScore: 95
See it if…"You want to see a thoroughly engaging, thoughtful, funny, moving look at the Constitution and state of the nation through a feminist lens." 
Don't see it if…"You want a traditional plot. This is more of a devised piece—part memoir, part recreation, part polemic."
Binta B, ShowScore: 90 
See it if… "You want to see an honest show that talks about a woman's experience in these united states and how the constitution affects us all."
Don't see it if…"You don't want to learn more about the constitution, you aren't a fan of one person (ish) shows, if you don't like audience participation."
Helen 6154, ShowScore: 85
See it if… "You are interested in seeing someone do interesting things with form to explore the Constitution in a way that is surprisingly entertaining!"
Don't see it if… "You're looking for a plot-driven show or you don't want to hear about someone's politics." 

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