New York | 1h 40m | Ends Aug 24

What the Constitution Means to Me (Broadway)

From 46 critic and 189 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 Aug 24 | Helen Hayes Theatre (Midtown W)


75
Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Great acting by Heidi Schreck, who really captivates the audience, particularly in the first 20 minutes. Interesting topic, very relevant.

Don't see it if This show probably won't appeal to conservatives.

Also The show starts of strong and full of energy. However, half-way throug... Read more Read less

74
Funny, Ambitious, Slow, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if If you want very interesting, intelligent, relevant insight about our constitution. The performers are bang on, the content is important.

Don't see it if I only low-balled because I found the story-telling to be a tad boring. It was slightly too lecture-like for me. Slightly. I’d fight myself.

72
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting

See it if you are interested in learning more about our Constitution, like clever writing and a tour de force performance

Don't see it if You like traditional plot driven plays with easy to follow narrative.

72
Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you like to ponder women's rights issues and esp if you marched for ERA.

Don't see it if you're legal purist.

70
Relevant, Intense, Ambitious, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you are invested or interested in women's issues and/or the history and legacy of the Constitution.

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional theatre-going experience with a coherent plot: Schreck's monologue is insightful but not always riveting.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

100
Masterful, Must see, Profound, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You want to learn AND cry AND laugh.

Don't see it if You don't have a heart.

100
Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You love a story delivered by a charming, erudite, sincere, brilliant, clever star. You like history. You are worried about this country.

Don't see it if ... you are expecting a musical or if you need to see elaborate sets and costumes.

100
Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing, Funny, Absorbing

See it if Everyone should see this. It’s the most important playbof the year.

Don't see it if You should see it.

94
Thought-provoking, Profound, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy debates, politics, and monologues that are highly personal and not general.

Don't see it if You don’t like history and are looking for a play for entertainment purposes

92
Relevant

See it if You have an interest in politics

Don't see it if You are really conservative and get offended by more liberal views

90
Funny, Thought-provoking, Must see, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You want something intelligent that leaves you thinking long after the show is done. It's also really well written & funny!

Don't see it if You don't want to think about current events or think critically about the state of things in the country for a bit.

90
Refreshing, Relevant, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you love America, but hate what it has become, if you enjoy riveting, personal stories

Don't see it if you're not interested in political theater

90
Must see, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Funny, Clever

See it if you enjoy theater that challenges you and the way you see the world. Even if this does not sound like your cup of tea, take a risk on this!

Don't see it if you prefer elaborately staged plays with large, ornate sets and costumes. This show is not much to look at but does a lot with a little.

Also I thought I would hate this show. The idea of a woman talking about th... Read more Read less

90
Profound, Resonant, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a one-person show (almost) like no other. Deeply relevant, personal and universal all at once. Female-driven

Don't see it if you don't care about the world

90
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy thought-provoking material and are ok with political views that support equal rights and women's right to choose.

Don't see it if You are sensitive to what might be considered "white male bashing'.


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