Already closed | 1h 40m | Midtown W

What the Constitution Means to Me (Broadway)

From 393 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 (393)

MEMBERS SAY:

Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Clever

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.

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

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

60
Ambitious

See it if The constitution and the debates around it interests you.

Don't see it if You want a traditionally structured play or solo show.

Also I think I would have found this more enjoyable as a solo show. The per... Read more Read less

60
Slow, Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You you like being lectured to and enjoy put downs of men. Best set at an AA meeting. Young actress the hit of the night.

Don't see it if Very disappointing despite great reviews. It’s a cheap knock-off of a Michael Moore performance who can actually discuss the real issues

Also based on fact. It’s a feminist lecture with delivery best served in th... Read more Read less

52
While i agree with shrek’s politics, i don’t appreciate paying bway prices to be lectured

See it if You like political almost one woman shows

Don't see it if Yiu don’t like to be lectured to in the theatre

69
Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Overrated

See it if if you like your theater on the dry side; you love Samantha Bee, NPR and/or TED Talks; you want theater that screams "look-how-smart-I-am."

Don't see it if you are looking for emotion, comedy or provocation. This keeps you at a very safe distance at all times.

Also Given all of the great reviews, I was very disappointed. I expected to... Read more Read less

60
Relevant, Intelligent, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Overrated

See it if Intrigued by this personable actor’s mix of family and political history. I went with high expectations but was sadly underwhelmed.

Don't see it if Wanting more than an informative lecture and debate. I appreciated the perspective of the show but expected something more theatrical.

50
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Overrated, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you like current political writings.

Don't see it if You're expecting a great story line.

Also This is the "emperors new clothes" to me. I found it interesting at th... Read more Read less

65
Overrated, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you're interested in history, particularly with the constitution, and enjoy debates. The teenage debater was amazing.

Don't see it if you don't like one-woman shows (yes there are two other people, but it's really about one). You don't want to feel like you're in school.

Also I know that the critics really praised this show. I wanted to like it ... Read more Read less

59
Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like feminist plays.

Don't see it if you do not like feminist plays.

Also What seemed promising, turned into a "I hate men" tirade. Belongs Off-... Read more Read less

60
Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you're intrigued by government and the constitution.

Don't see it if you're hoping for a more lively discussion of the constitution. or a play with a straight narrative.

Also I'm not sure I'm on bored with this being called a play. It felt more ... Read more Read less

50
Average, Relevant, Resonant, Clever

See it if you enjoy one person shows or like political theatre

Don't see it if you want a fast paced highly technical show.

59
Overrated, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You love feminism & storytelling. Parts of it were good but lost me after an hour & it got repetitive

Don't see it if You don’t like well deserved male bashing or are embarrassed by the constitution

63
Disappointing, Relevant

See it if You're enough of a fan of the U.S. Constitution that you don't mind seeing it co-opted for polemic purposes.

Don't see it if You do not reside in the Left's cultural bubble and realize that it might not be best for the government to act as a parent.

Also 1. Schreck gives a strong performance.... Read more Read less

69
Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Quirky, Slow

See it if you like 1 actor shows (2 others in it with small parts), a Ted Talks type wannabe (on broadway!!??) that feels like it is in previews

Don't see it if you like to have a thoughtful conversation about the show afterwards

Also I expected so much more. It seems like too small a show for the Broadw... Read more Read less

68
Quirky, Entertaining, Overrated

See it if You enjoy compelling storytelling about family and personal trauma. You want theatre that addresses today's political issues.

Don't see it if You want to see a play with a clear beginning, middle and end. You enjoy conventional character and plot development.

Also Although the latter part of the play is presented as a debate, the und... Read more Read less

55
Tried so hard, Underwhelming, Basic, Banal, Dated

See it if you're a Liberal Boomer Tourist who wants to pat themselves on the back for listening to something slightly challenging in a safe setting.

Don't see it if You want radical theater to be actually radical. You think that feminism should be intersectional. You think class/money influences the law.

62
Thought-provoking, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if want to hear a 15 year old contest speech on what the constitution means to me or a stump speech on the woes of feminists

Don't see it if You want to be entertained.

55
Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if if you love the history channel

Don't see it if if you want a play

During previews
61
Overrated, Dizzying, Edgy, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you want to learn about the constitution and one woman's heroic life struggles.

Don't see it if you are tired of plays blaming all the world ills on "white men" and tired of the phrase "white privilege".


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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