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)


90
During previews
Entertaining, Relevant, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to stretch your mind and emotions with issues related to the constitution and women’s rights. A different kind of play.

Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional plotted play. You are fixed in your beliefs and do not want to learn anything new or disturbing.

90
During previews
Intelligent, Funny, Absorbing

See it if you are someone living in America in 2019. Seriously, everyone should see this.

Don't see it if you hate women and don't want your mind changed about that.

Also This was just spectacular. Funny, moving, educational. It made me real... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Relevant, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You care about history, politics, and have been paying attention to what's going on in our country. Bring your daughters...and sons.

Don't see it if You want a BIG show with a large cast or musical numbers. This is essentially a one-woman show (with two supporting characters, but still).

88
During previews
Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in what is happening in the news and like documentary theater.

Don't see it if you are going to be upset by liberals.

88
During previews
Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Refreshing

See it if you like topical, intelligent dialogue

Don't see it if If you are looking for action-oriented plot.

87
During previews
Clever, Funny, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if It was informative

Don't see it if There was nothing negative in my opinion.

Also It was a great way to present the Constitution in a personal relatable... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Intense, Relevant, Surprising, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you don't want to, think you should...be ready for WOW!-unexpectedly fun, full of stories of amazing women from the past, personal, intimate

Don't see it if you don't want to meet an extraordinary woman and her stories far from the coasts about amazing generations of people in the North West

86
During previews
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting

See it if You care about the society, the constitution, history of the US, and are willing to hear stories about women

Don't see it if You want to escape from reality and forget about daily lives for several hours. It is not that kind of show.

85
During previews
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if If you enjoy the blend of play and politics. Long live Heidi Schreck!

Don't see it if You are politically conservative.

85
During previews
Funny, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Clever

See it if You would enjoy a feminist history lesson, as told from one family’s perspective.

Don't see it if You’re not a feminist or liberal, don’t appreciate hearing about political issues.

85
During previews
Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if A woman's personal narrative about herself and her family as it relates to her own love and interest in the constitution.

Don't see it if Very focused and personal feminist story told in a straight narrative with a few surprises.

Also This was my second viewing--this time I brought my college-age son and... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Great writing, Funny, Refreshing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Very creative writing and acting. Good explanations of various amendments . Thought-provoking

Don't see it if you are not interested in what the Founding Fathers intended in writing the Constitution.

84
During previews
Great presentation, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if want to see one woman's common sense interpretation of our constitution. You even walk out with a copy of our constitution

Don't see it if you don't like solo performances

83
During previews
Relevant, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if See it if you’re interested in the subject, want to learn about it, and are ready for your thinking to be challenged.

Don't see it if You don’t want to see a play that deals with The Constitution and/or you don’t want to have to think.

Also It’s a little “messy” in the beginning but tightens up as it moves alo... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Relevant, Masterful, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want your eyes opened about how this country works. If you like solo shows

Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional play

82
During previews
Relevant, Funny, Delightful

See it if You enjoy original innovative plays. Heidi Schreck is delightful. The dialogue is relevant and at times very thought provoking.

Don't see it if You need action. While there are other performers, it’s mostly a one woman show.

80
During previews
Passionate, Current, Sincere, Funny, Entertaining

See it if This is a combo civics lesson/personal storytelling /performance piece. Heidi holds your interest with the pros and cons of our constitution

Don't see it if you have no interest in our constitution & it's varied interpretations and/or need for changes. How does the constitution affect you?

Also The debate toward the end of the play is interesting with some audienc... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Thought-provoking, Slow, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You like the concept of the silly essays written in school being analyzed and reflected on by the writer as an adult decades later.

Don't see it if You want a traditional play with a plot, or aren't captured by one-person plays. Or if you're conservative and don't want to be challenged.

Also I didn't know what to expect from this play, but I'm really glad I saw... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like plays that make a political statement, that make you laugh but also tug at your heartstrings.

Don't see it if You don’t like what is essentially a one person show, prefer traditional plays, hate politics.

Also I was pleasantly surprised by this. I honestly didn't know what to exp... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Relevant, Entertaining, Funny, Clever

See it if You like thought provoking theater. Funny, sad, and insightful at times.

Don't see it if You want pure entertainment. While much of the show was engaging, there were some slow points and missed chances for character development.

78
During previews
Profound, Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like personal stories mixed with really great explorations of parts of the American Constitution.

Don't see it if stories about violence against women make you uncomfortable

Also I have to say this show was a bit of a surprise. I definitely expected... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Fluffy, Relevant, Ambitious, Funny, Clever

See it if you want a comedic reflective civics lesson with a strong call to action (it reads a bit echoey given the political makeup of the audience).

Don't see it if you're Rush Limbaugh... it'll probably give you the night sweats.

77
During previews
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Clever

See it if You care about the rights of all.

Don't see it if You will enjoy the first hour or so, then it goes past 90 minutes and moves in too many directions

77
During previews
Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want to hear an interesting discussion on the Constitution as well as some moving biographical info.

Don't see it if you object to being lectured to. Ms. Schreck is obviously sincere, but I found her delivery at times a little shrill.

Also The switches between humor (Dirty Dancing mentions) and the horrific a... Read more Read less

76
During previews
Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in women's issues and current politics.

Don't see it if You don't have liberal leanings. You might feel annoyed.

Also While I agreed with everything she said and was sympathetic to her sto... Read more Read less


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