Already closed | 1h 40m | Midtown W

What the Constitution Means to Me (Broadway)

From 385 member  reviews
Members say: Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Clever

About the show

Heidi Schreck's comic and hopeful exploration strives to breathe new life into our Constitution and imagines how it will shape the next generation of American women. More…

Fifteen-year-old Heidi Schreck earned her college tuition money by winning Constitutional debate competitions across the United States. In her boundary-breaking new play, the Obie Award winner resurrects her teenage self in order to trace the profound relationship between four generations of women in her own family and the founding document that dictated their rights and citizenship. 

1h 40m | Already closed | Helen Hayes Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (385)

MEMBERS SAY:

Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Clever
86
Avg Score

92
Relevant, Must see, Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if Even better than it was off Broadway. A bit more polished and Schreck really delivers authenticity.

Don't see it if A must see. Should be required, especially in this time right now.

67
Overrated, Indulgent, Fluffy, Banal

See it if If you like the put down of men. Being dictated at. Good acting but plotline to dictatorial and as such, takes away from performance.

Don't see it if If you dont want to be lectured or realize that the Constitution is the constitution.

75
Disarming, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Overrated, Intelligent

See it if u want to see an original (but decidedly not originalist) civics lesson by an engaging, plucky storyteller that's more TED Talk than theater

Don't see it if you're not interested in a partisan, feminist lecture; you expect a traditional theatrical experience.

Also After having seen Schreck's production Off-Broadway, a second look was... Read more Read less

90
Intelligent, Resonant, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Schreck's 'love letter' to the US Constitution makes for fascinating, gripping theatre Personal is made political via Butler's apt direction

Don't see it if Schreck's performance at times a little too emotional when a steely reserve would have sufficed Iverson's legionaire provides needed respite

95
Important, Resonant, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if you’ve ever wondered (especially in the last few years), “WTF is going on in this country?!”

Don't see it if (not applicable)

85
Quirky, Refreshing, Charming performers, Entertaining, Profound

See it if you would enjoy hearing about our democracy & its principles as described by delightful woman and precocious child. Mix of memoir & contest

Don't see it if you expect a story with recognizable beginning middle & end. Lots of small stories are told. But the big one is left for our imagination.

84
Must see, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if whether you like the politics of politics, need a refresher on the Constitution or know nothing about the Constitution and your rights.

Don't see it if you do not mind missing a delightful civics lesson & an amazing young performer go toe to toe with the author on where our country is today!

87
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you are interested in women's issues and an analysis of the constitution' if you would enjoy being entertained & informed simultaneously.

Don't see it if if you are conservative or are not interested in the female point of view of the constitution; if you do not enjoy political plays.

82
Intense, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you enjoy one-person show (with cameos by a few others) that relate a person’s life experience.

Don't see it if you go to a Broadway show primarily for the entertainment value; there isn’t much here. It doesn't feel like a big enough show for Broadway.

51
Boring, just boring

See it if You want to see yet another sob story wrapped in a cloak promising so much more. Or, if you haven't had your fill of soap opera-ish tales.

Don't see it if you really are expecting an interesting, illuminating evening. This quickly devolves into a high school-worthy venture that went off course

92
Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if You want an exquisitely constructed piece investigating our country and women's place/treatment in its law.

Don't see it if You get bored without action played out onstage. TW: abortion and domestic abuse.

80
Relevant, Slow, Intelligent, Great writing, Funny

See it if want want to hear a story about her life.

Don't see it if you want to see a musical

90
Thought-provoking, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a personal heartfelt one woman show about historical and current interpretations of the Constitution.

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in current issues with the constitution and it’s amendments, particularly women’s issues.

Also This is a witty, absorbing, original performance that is not to be mis... Read more Read less

90
Great writing, Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you want clever, thoughtful, funny, engaging play (mostly a one-woman show) re: constitution, reproductive rights, & gender-based violence.

Don't see it if you want structured plot. This feels more like well-written stream-of-consciousness style reflections on life, family, and powerful women.

83
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if well-written yet light to get the audience to think about issues yet hear the personal story of one woman.

Don't see it if need lots of interaction and characters. not the kind of show to just sit back and listen - one needs to engage with it.

95
Resonant, Absorbing, Must see, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you are interest in history, politics or current events. Interesting how the playwright weaves in and out of her 15 and 40+ year old selves

Don't see it if you are looking for an escape from politics or history

Also Everyone should see this show. Too important of a topic to miss, no ma... Read more Read less

94
Intelligent, Resonant, Relevant, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if Makes you think ... is there really the right answer. Brave and honest “performance”.

Don't see it if Makes you think,

86
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if Heidi Schreck's piece is relevant and accessible. It's thought-provoking without being pedantic. It felt like a master class in civics while

Don't see it if both venerating and casting a critical eye on our country and our democracy. Go for an evening of engaging thoughtful contemplation.

85
Deeply personal, Relevant

See it if What the Constitution has, or more importantly hasn't done, for people it wasn't originally written for: non-land owning white men.

Don't see it if Rights, the Constitution, or feminism don't interest you. One-ish person shows aren't your thing.

Also Ticket from in-person rush for $42. Front row to the side.

82
Feminist, Funny, Memoir, Makes you think, Ambitious

See it if You are thrilled by Coming of age and family histories, appreciate feminist insights, and need hope for our civic foundations

Don't see it if You dislike broken fourth walls, mention of abuses women suffer, feel that the Constitution is too sacred to be interrogated respectfully

85
Refreshing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in government and the current political situation, like shows that discuss ideas, and enjoy intelligent shows.

Don't see it if you are a right-winger and don't want to be exposed to the other side of the political spectrum. But you are just the audience who should!

95
Absorbing, Clever, Must see, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a great thoughtful play about the Constitution performed in an unusual way. Very very clever and always surprising.

Don't see it if you are tired of hearing or seeing things about politics or if you don't want to see a play with even small amount of audience participation

82
Relevant, Profound, Intelligent, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in discussion of why we are where we are politically. An excellent acting/writing job from Heidi Schreck

Don't see it if you want an old fashioned well made play

50
Politically correct, Annoying, Quirky, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if you are so into our Me Too moment that it overrides all other rights & if you believe forbidding male misbehavior on paper will stop it cold

Don't see it if you understand that at this moment our "antiquated" Constitution is the only thing standing between us and chaos!

Also I am sorry that Ms. Schreck's family background included so much male ... Read more Read less

73
Relevant, Quirky, Intelligent, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You enjoy a show with a controversial subject. Heidi Schreck tells you about the scope of the constitution and its shortcomings.

Don't see it if You want to see a show that is more like Bway. This is almost a standup performance with a minimal cast and staging. Remains small.


March 31st, 2019
"Nothing less than a chronicle of the legal subjugation of women by men...It is a tragedy told as a comedy, a work of inspired protest, a slyly crafted piece of persuasion and a tangible contribution to the change it seeks. It is not just the best play to open on Broadway so far this season, but ...
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March 31st, 2019
"It’s the rare indie theater piece that doesn’t require intimacy...It’s theater in the old sense, the Greek sense, a place where civic society can come together and do its thinking and fixing...The text itself doesn’t seem to have changed since its Off Broadway run last year, yet the show has dee...
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March 31st, 2019
S.H.: "Schreck’s performance has developed muscles. It’s gotten more visceral — more risky and exposed. The pain of it all—and the defiance—is more visible underneath what she calls her ‘psychotic politeness’...Schreck has us in hand both as a performer and as the constructor of the play." I.C.: ...
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March 31st, 2019
"Few new works for the stage are as instantly, trenchantly timely...It's a play of ideas for which people are not just hungry but starved...It challenges us to step back and look at the bigger picture...The thoughtful craftsmanship that has gone into building the play is fully evident, notably in...
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