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What the Constitution Means to Me
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Los Angeles Times- Recommended

"...In ending "What the Constitution Means to Me" in this way, Schreck underscores that this living document, which has shaped our collective past, will be reshaped by future generations who are still waiting for America's democratic promise to be fulfilled. The pocket Constitutions that are passed out to audience members show faith in the ability of "we the people" to move this republic forward."
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Charles McNulty



LA Daily News- Highly Recommended

"...“What the Constitution Means to Me” is writer Heidi Schreck’s nearly two-hour, rather heartfelt, well-staged, beautifully delivered lecture centering on the one document holding America together."
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Dany Margolies



Stage and Cinema- Recommended

"...Still, no one can deny the powerful, rough-hewn muscle that is the fundamental aspect of the monologue, even with its lack of compelling dramaturgy. Dizzia's Schreck deconstructs clauses, slicing open the unfinished document with precision like a surgeon-turned-activist, making politics intensely personal. Take the booklet of the Constitution published by the ACLU, passed out during the show, and know that you are holding the key to a more just future."
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Tony Frankel



The Hollywood Reporter- Recommended

"...There were all sorts of reasons the original production didn’t fly on Broadway, but Sting’s glorious music was not one of them. The Tony-nominated score for this show is some of the best work of his four-decade career — songs that perfectly advance the narrative while never once losing the mood-setting magic that has always been his trademark."
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Deborah Wilker



Cultural Weekly- Highly Recommended

"...Schreck’s Constitution is as much a game as it is a play. It’s seductively playful, leaning more toward the gaming option. By digging comfortably into her own past, Schreck’s script delivers her adventures and misadventures as a 15-year-old facing down growing up. When her mother, a debate coach, suggested she could earn money for college by debating the merits of the constitution at American Legion Halls around the country, Schreck took her up on it. It worked, eventually becoming the inspiration for this show."
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Sylvie Drake



Showmag- Recommended

"...What the Constitution Means to Me is an important, if not essential, piece of theater that’s in sync with the zeitgeist of our times. It’s appropriate viewing for teens."
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Ben Miles



Stage Raw- Highly Recommended

"...Now I imagine there are people for whom the mere thought of such descant is enough to make their eyelids droop. They should not be dissuaded by preconceived notions. As playwright, Schreck has filtered her personal journey of discovery into a vital work that challenges us to consider our heritage as Americans - to preserve the good and discard the bad. And she offers it up to us with an abundant supply of humor and humanity that unequivocally drives her message home."
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Deborah Klugman



Haines His Way- Recommended

"...For this viewer, the show would have worked much better as a one-person monologue. Schreck has a lot of insightful commentary on the way the Constitution has been interpreted and used and mis-used in the over two hundred years since its adoption. She also has an amazing story to tell of four generations of women in her family and the abuse they endured and how the Constitution abetted their abuse and aided in their breaking with the past. I applaud Schreck's political passion; I just wish she could have found a better way to deliver it to a populace that needs to hear it. Although, unfortunately, the ones who really need to hear it the most, like most members of the GOP, will probably never be in the audience."
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Rob Stevens



Peoples World- Recommended

"...Lodged in between the playwright’s weirdly loopy digressions, with metaphors for the Constitution (“a witches’ brew in a cauldron” or “a patchwork quilt” or a “crucible”) that sound intentionally sophomoric and not terribly enlightening, Schreck has placed informative insights into the nature of the document Americans live by."
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Eric A. Gordon



On Stage Blog- Recommended

"...Nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play and a finalist spot for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this show will appeal to history buffs, liberals and feminists, but might make some in the audience uncomfortable as the playwright tackles abortion, equal citizen protection and immigration."
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Jill Weinlein



Its Not About Me- Highly Recommended

"...What The Constitution Means To Me is so well-written, so as to keep the audience’s attention while educating and motivating. When I saw the Tonys audience go nuts over just the mention of this play during last year’s awards, I could not imagine how someone made the study of the United States Constitution interesting and entertaining. But Heidi certainly accomplished that. With tons of humor, to boot."
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Karen Salkin