(Off-Broadway) What the Constitution Means to Me
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(Off-Broadway) What the Constitution Means to Me

(Off-Broadway) What the Constitution Means to Me NYC Reviews and Tickets

(252 Ratings)
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Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, 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.

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65 Reviews | 11 Followers
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Profound, Must see

See it if you want a night of theatre that opens up you soul, that asks a lot of you, that makes you pay attention, that is politically relevant

Don't see it if No reason not to see it. Go!

175 Reviews | 30 Followers
Profound, Relevant, Resonant, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you live in the U.S. This show is brilliant. Everyone should see it. Heidi weaves the personal into the political in a masterful way.

Don't see it if you are deaf to women's issues, insensitive to domestic violence and sexual assault, or have a closed mind.

60 Reviews | 9 Followers
Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if like new forms of theatre that address our current plight in context of feminism, the Constitution, and history.

Don't see it if dislike new forms or want a naturalistic play. Read more

52 Reviews | 12 Followers
You won't regret seeing this show. guaranteed.

See it if you want relief from that punched-in-the-gut feeling and need to know that entire country hasn't gone crazy (no, it's always been teetering)

Don't see it if Honestly, there's no reason anyone, whatever their interpretation of democracy, shouldn't see this show. Go. Take your worst relatives. Go. Read more

63 Reviews | 26 Followers
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Relevant, Must see

See it if you think that theater should be the mirror of its time. Also, if you are an American. A must-see if you are an American woman.

Don't see it if you are looking for escapism and fluff. Also if you can't handle the talk about domestic violence, violence against women and politics. Read more

55 Reviews | 6 Followers
Absorbing, Funny, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a wonderful story teller and perhaps learn about our country in a very entertaining way. I was so pleasantly entertained.

Don't see it if you want a large, loud show

51 Reviews | 12 Followers
Absorbing, Innovative, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you want a personal, uniquely-structured, thought-provoking play about the biases and power structures of this country.

Don't see it if You need a linear, traditional plot, or you don't want to confront the issues of sexism in our country.

71 Reviews | 11 Followers
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Resonant, Profound, Intense

See it if you're looking for an important, challenging piece of commentary. Heidi Schreck gives her soul to this and you can feel it.

Don't see it if You're looking for a tradtional play.

Critic Reviews (25)

New York Theater
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 through the 14th amendment...It’s hard to imagine a more timely show...It is really about what the Constitution means to all of us."
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The New York Times
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 reading page after page of unpunctuated, unparagraphed prose. But if the show still has the shapelessness of a work-in-progress, that’s appropriate to the subject, isn’t it?"
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Time Out New York
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. Yet there is more in Schreck’s piece than a pure appeal to emotion; there’s a deep and rational argument about the purpose of rhetoric, the value of giving a girl a podium."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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 vulnerability, nimble humor, and acute analysis to inspire revelation. It’s a play that expands beyond itself, offering an immensely powerful model for modern civic theater."
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AM New York
October 4th, 2018
For a previous production

"The scattershot, seemingly improvised style of the piece is both its major strength and weakness. Schreck’s unpredictability and hyperactivity can be enlivening...That being said, many sections are repetitive, rambling and hard to follow. It is a show that manages to feel thin and overwhelming at the same time. Premiering in the midst of the Senate vote on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, Schreck probably could not have picked a better time to do her show."
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September 30th, 2018
For a previous production

“I left the theater with an electric current running through my body the likes of which I haven't felt since 'Hamilton'...An X-ray examination of our republic's founding document that brilliantly straddles the border between ode and indictment...Schreck approaches her subject with such implacable enthusiasm...Her supernova energy is as infectious as it is disarming...'What the Constitution Means to Me' ought to run at least as long as our country does."
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October 10th, 2018
For a previous production

“Shreck’s inescapably truthful, yet eventually hopeful autobiographical performance piece...An extraordinary balance of historical fact, legal analysis, and personal experience presented with a warm, conversational tone. Though the piece is directed by Oliver Butler, you could find yourself wondering if Schreck's occasional moments where she needs to stop and compose herself are staged or natural occurrences. They are that realistic.”
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Lighting & Sound America
October 10th, 2018
For a previous production

“Schreck's fearless, funny examination of the American legal system...Schreck is a charmer, an innately witty performer whose passion for the subject shines through...For three quarters of its running time, 'What the Constitution Means to Me' creates drama as Schreck pursues her argument, weaving together legal history with her personal story and elegantly posing some very troubling questions....Oliver Butler's direction keeps the enterprise engaging even when it veers off."
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