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(Off-Broadway) What the Constitution Means to Me

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Members say: Intelligent, Relevant, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Clever

About the show

This witty and searingly personal exploration of the Constitution strives to breathe new life into our founding document and imagine how it will shape the next generation of American women. More…

Fifteen-year-old Heidi Schreck put herself through college by giving speeches about the U.S. Constitution. Now, the Obie Award winner resurrects her teenage self in order to trace the document's profound impact on women's bodies—starting with her great-great-grandmother, a mail-order bride who died under mysterious circumstances. Obie Award winner Oliver Butler directs. 

Member Reviews (249)


Intelligent, Relevant, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Clever
Avg Score

Banal, Cliched, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if It you want to see something that is more a civics class then a play.

Don't see it if If you want a show. Its between a lecture and a play

Relevant, Funny, Political, Intelligent, Indulgent

See it if Mostly, a solo actress lauds key parts of the constitution but also criticizes it for not doing enough to protect women from male violence.

Don't see it if Entertaining and informative story, but indulges the actress’s family & personal history to the point of feeling more like an autobiography

Relevant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Overrated, Indulgent

See it if you want to see an original (but not originalist) analysis of the US Constitution that wavers between lecture and personal storytelling.

Don't see it if you expect a truly theatrical experience [This felt more like a civics lesson]; you don't like TED Talks; you have no interest in US history

Also To say that this show is "timely" is to be too reductive. Our Constitu... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky, Relevant

See it if Schreck shines in emotional yet gimlet-eyed view of how America has consistantly undermined its greatest document Iverson winning as veteran

Don't see it if Meandering improv-like quality slows pace & Schreck can get too emotional for her own good (& the drama) but debate crafted ending saves it

Funny, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you’re a person living in the USA. This is a unique view of the Constitution through personal stories. It’s important, but not dry.

Don't see it if you need a traditional narrative. This is largely a solo show (though not entirely). The fourth wall is broken throughout.

Also The timeliness of this show can not be overstated, especially given th... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if Definitely worth seeing. Intense & serious but also entertaining & funny. Wonderful performances. Gives you lots to think about.

Don't see it if you want some razzle-dazzle. An energetic show, but definitely an off broadway one. Or if you want something light. This is serious.

Absorbing, Edgy, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if you are a fan of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and William O Douglas. The playwright's version of the constitution will suit your views.

Don't see it if you are a fan of Antonin Scalia. This version of the constitution will not be for you.

Also The young girl sounded more like a debater than the playwright's chara... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Intelligent, Entertaining, Must see, Relevant

See it if you want to see Heidi Schreck's dazzling performance bringing the political and personal together. Oliver Butler supplies excellent staging.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy political/personal theatre. Or if you do not care for what is basically a one-person play.

Clever, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a show tailor made for today's climate. Funny, heartfelt, heart breaking and beautiful.

Don't see it if You don't want to cry or think about the current state of our country.

Delightful, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to be reminded that children need to know about our constitution, our values.Funny, playful, gut wrenching,informative.A true gem

Don't see it if you think abuse of women is a cool or funny thing.Only bad part of experience was how cold the theatre was. I kept my coat & gloves on.

Intelligent, charming look back at teenage debate competitions

See it if Heidi Schreck is compelling as she comments on -- and sometimes re-enacts -- her teenage American Legion debates. A feminist point of view.

Don't see it if you are not interested in the Constitution, politics or history. Rosdely Ciprian, the 14 year old actress she debates at the end, is amazing

Great writing, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if A very important show. Reminds one of what is truly great about this country. Uplifted me after a sad few days for this country.

Don't see it if If you're uninterested in the history and government of this country, you won't like this show. And I'm sad for you.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant

See it if Like quasi debate productions that bring current events closer to home in a thought provoking intelligent and emotional manner

Don't see it if You are a strict dialogue play person that doesnt want to hear both sides of the constitutional issues

Absorbing, Extremely relevant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if discussion of the US Constitution that goes back & forth from a young girl's perspective to her assessment as a woman in her 40s;

Don't see it if you want something more theatrical & structured. Mostly this is a monologue with facts and moving personal experiences coming nonstop

Also This is extremely interesting and & has many, many touching moments as... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Exquisite, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if A thrilling & masterful solo about how the Constitution has impacted on 4 generations of women. Excellent !

Don't see it if Do not see if you are not prepared to listen, think and be totally mesmerized by this incredible theatre piece.

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if interesting theater is something you are passionate about.

Don't see it if you are a TRUMP WORSHIPING MAGA hat wearing CONSERVATIVE Republican as you will not like the message.

Also Delightful story telling! It this doesn't awake you from your notion o... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You're interested in the Constitution and how it is relevant in your life and the lives of others around you.

Don't see it if You are a conservative Republican--unless you want to mock liberals, in which case go for it.

Riveting, Relevant, Profound, Must see, Clever

See it if Bring your kids, your parents, your partners, and your friends to see this thought provoking profound personal inquiry into the constitution

Don't see it if You don’t want to think about the rights of women, humans, Americans reflected through the eyes of one very brilliant playwright. Genius.

Depressing, Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if A well-executed, honest, funny, intelligent production that interrogates the relevance, importance, and failings of the US Constitution.

Don't see it if A personal, (mostly) one-person show about politics and ugly truths in life. Unsparing and probing, it often may be uncomfortable.

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you are interested in how the constitution fails to guarantee protection under law for women & minorities told in a personal & engaging way

Don't see it if fantasy and big, bright shows are what make you happy

Entertaining, Funny, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to be both entertained and educated by the very likable Ms Schreck’s personal connection to the US Constitution.

Don't see it if You don’t like one person shows, which for the most part, this is.

Clever, Entertaining, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if a brilliant woman's lifelong insights about the complicated but incredibly important and topical subject will make you laugh and cry

Don't see it if you have no patience for any more political discourse even with an exceptional performer/writer.

Also Full of surprises, including the "next generation" child actor who was... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you want to see the marvelous, engaging Heidi Schreck talking about the constitution in a lively, timely manner

Don't see it if you only like musicals;

Compelling, Timely, Absorbing, Profound, Resonant

See it if Compelling and timely due to current events surrounding the Kavanaugh confirmation; heartfelt, funny, shocking but always engaging

Don't see it if Can seem scattershot or unstructured at times; while counterpoints are always offered the political views are left of center or more

Ambitious, Absorbing, Delightful, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a piece bursting with humor and ideas even if it's a little long and repetitive

Don't see it if you prefer works that have a solid takeaway and that answer all of the questions they raise

December 2nd, 2018
"Schreck’s extraordinary show...Funny and infuriated, analytical and confessional, erudite and heartbreaking...Though the show often feels informal and spontaneous, it is actually all scripted...The remarkable mix of civic lesson and storytelling finds its fullest expression when Schreck takes us...
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October 1st, 2018
for a previous production "The production feels less like a finished play than an endlessly open-ended conversation, being invented on the spot...Personally, I could have done with a bit more theatrical manipulation throughout, with more varied heightening of tone and pace. At times, listening to Ms. Schreck can feel like...
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September 30th, 2018
for a previous production "The show offers a compelling mix of earnest sweetness and thundering mountaintop fury. As the show began on the 27th, though, the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings were still ringing in the audience’s ears, and Schreck—a fizzy presence—cried through nearly the entire performance. So did I. Y...
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October 1st, 2018
for a previous production "By telling us about herself, Schreck shows us ourselves, our country, our own shared history. 'What the Constitution Means to Me' isn’t political commentary, which moves one way and often tells us what we already know. Rather, it’s a masterful act of storytelling, blending unflinching vulnerabil...
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