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

85%
(251 Reviews)
Positive
96%
Mixed
3%
Negative
1%
Members say
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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Member Reviews (251)

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983 Reviews | 229 Followers
66
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

706 Reviews | 214 Followers
75
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

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
76
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 Read more

687 Reviews | 114 Followers
85
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

657 Reviews | 101 Followers
62
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. Read more

482 Reviews | 717 Followers
85
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. Read more

481 Reviews | 315 Followers
85
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.

469 Reviews | 258 Followers
90
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.

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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Theatermania
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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BroadwayWorld
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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