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)

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

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

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

During previews
Intelligent, Indulgent, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if Special young talent Rosdely Cipriano in the performance which we attended. Heidi Schreck has many talents. Good research

Don't see it if The set shows little thought, This production is a civics lesson. It is really a one person show. The 90 minutes is closer to 105 minutes

Also The discussion of different political views today has created unwanted... Read more Read less

During previews
Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Musings on the short comings in our constitution/political process are relevant, the excellent 70% is not too diluted by weaker last third

Don't see it if you hate politics, feel the Founding Fathers were infallible, want the arc of a clear linear plot.

Also the bulk of the show is excellent, Molly Ivins-esque, mix between Heid... Read more Read less

During previews
Relevant, Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if You are interested in a feminist view of parts of the Constitution coming from a victim of domestic abuse.

Don't see it if Don’t see it if you are not interested in feminist views of the Constitution

During previews
Overrated, Ambitious, Relevant, Great writing, Clever

See it if you want to see one woman's interpretation of the Constitution as it relates to her life.

Don't see it if you want a more in depth look at the Constitution.

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".

During previews
Masterful, Must see, Thought-provoking, Funny, Intelligent

See it if You want to see something unique, intelligent, thought-provoking, funny, and inspiring.

Don't see it if You'd rather see something fluffy and predictable.

Also This show is really something unique. You'll want to talk to everyone ... Read more Read less

During previews
Must see, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You want to see a creative new show! Entertains and engaging!

Don't see it if You have no interest in politics or looking for something light.

During previews
Overrated, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you’re interested in women’s rights & learning something about the U.S. Constitution and can bear a story about intergenerational trauma.

Don't see it if dislike monologues, support Donald Trump, don’t want to hear a story about abused women, want a fancy set or light entertainment.

Also Heidi Schrek is charming but her earnestness eventually got a bit old ... Read more Read less

During previews
Quirky, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Clever

See it if You like thoughtful performances about topical political issues. Schrek is a smart and charismatic writer and actor.

Don't see it if You want a play with a strong narrative arc. This is mostly a one-woman show. Not traditional broadway fare

During previews
Funny, Fluffy

See it if If you like good comedy and great acting

Don't see it if You like dramatic plays

During previews
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if See it if you want to learn about how the Constitution impacted the women in the author's own ancestry via poignant and witty acting.

Don't see it if You prefer plays with dramatic plots filled with twists and turns acted by large ensembles.

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