New York | 1h 40m | Ends Jul 21

What the Constitution Means to Me (Broadway)

From 45 critic and 111 member reviews
Members say: Relevant, Absorbing, Intelligent, 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 | Ends Jul 21 | Helen Hayes Theatre (Midtown W)


"Ms. Schreck is a gifted storyteller and her enthusiasm for the Constitution and her own progressive politics and feminism shines through her ebullient delivery... She is such an entertaining speaker that it is easy to overlook the way she sometimes repeats her points...However, we soon realize repetition is not the show’s only flaw. Would have worked great as a one-woman monologue, but unfortunately the remainder of the show becomes jumbled with unnecessary filler." Full Review

The Wall Street Journal

"The problem is that Ms. Schreck, for whatever reason, is rarely willing to grapple directly, at least not for very long, with the raw emotions triggered by her truth-telling...A reminiscential lecture about feminism, thinly disguised as a play. I would have preferred the lecture on its own—Ms. Schreck is a phenomenally powerful storyteller—but 'What the Constitution Means to Me' wouldn’t have been nearly as popular had it not been sweetened up far past the point of indigestibility." Full Review


"Unfortunately, this Frankenstein's monster doesn't quite cohere...The relationship between performer and audience strictly preacher-choir. Though the president is never named, his influence on the court haunts the entire proceedings, and we get to boo and hiss at recognizable villains like Antonin Scalia. Perhaps this has a cathartic effect for some, but for me, in the context of a Broadway theater, the applause felt empty and self-congratulatory." Full Review

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

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

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

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

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.

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

During previews
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".

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