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

About the show

New York Theatre Workshop presents a new play about a young woman whose personal speech about the Constitution goes to some very dark places.

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It’s 1989 and Heidi is trying to earn for college by giving speeches about the Constitution in American Legion Halls across the country. When Heidi loses the first round to Becky Dobbins because her speech isn’t personal enough, she decides to go deep. Starting with her great-great grandmother, a mail-order bride who died of “melancholia.” Heidi traces the effects of a single sentence of the Ninth Amendment on generations of women in her family—and on the violent men they married. This production originated as part of Summerworks 2017, produced by Clubbed Thumb in partnership with True Love Productions.

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“What the Constitution Means to Me” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

During previews For a previous production
Funny, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if you want a funny and thought-provoking, memoir look into one writer's youth, which simultaneously comments on current affairs in the US now.

Don't see it if you get uncomfortable with intimate theater in small spaces, that includes some direct address. (but it totally works in this setting!)

During previews For a previous production
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you're game for an enthralling (and educational) bit of storytelling that is both theatrically adventurous & deeply personal

Don't see it if you expect a play to have a plot; if you don't like genre-defying works of performance theatre

During previews For a previous production
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Personal, Deeply felt

See it if You are open to thinking about America. The status of women, violence, and legal history are considered in a unique and gratifying way.

Don't see it if Its not really a play, if that bothers you. The concluding scenes, while related, distract from the power of the main body.

During previews For a previous production
Original, Clever, Great acting, Resonant, Compelling

See it if you're interested in the blurring of genres, the legal/social status of women in the history of this country, and some awesome performances.

Don't see it if you're hoping for a very traditional playgoing experience. This blurs the lines in what I found to be a very exciting way.

During previews For a previous production
Funny, Ambitious, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You like adventurous theater and entertaining, moving stories that connect the personal to the political. Intense, vulnerable performances.

Don't see it if You want a traditional play with a traditional structure.

During previews For a previous production
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Intimate, Full of integrity

See it if You enjoy intimate theater-going experiences that may not be totally kink-free, but are passionate, honest, vulnerable, and feminist.

Don't see it if You're expecting a neat play. Don't like 4th wall breaks. Dislike autobiography. Find kid actors kitschy or cheap.

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