Live Broadway cast production of Heidi Schreck's play presenting multiple facets, historical perspectives and personal experiences with the U.S. Constitution.

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Marielle Heller

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Heidi Schreck
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Credited cast:
Heidi Schreck ... Self
Mike Iveson ... Self
Rosdely Ciprian ... Self
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Thursday Williams ... Self
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Live Broadway cast production of Heidi Schreck's play presenting multiple facets, historical perspectives and personal experiences with the U.S. Constitution.

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Heidi Schreck's play was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama (along with Dance Nation by Clare Barron) but lost to the play Fairview by Jackie Sibblies Drury. See more »

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References Dirty Dancing (1987) See more »

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Angry Too
Performed by Lola Blanc
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entertaining, passionate, and very, very smart
28 November 2020 | by cheroldSee all my reviews

Wow, the few user reviews of this are a trip. Half 1-stars declaring it the enemy of decency, half 10-stars declaring it the second coming. Both of which are rather overstated.

This filmed one-woman-plus stage play begins as a nostalgic piece about a childhood spent debating the constitution, but makes a number of interesting turns as it thoughtfully explores America and its foundational document in great depth. It's a smart show for a smart, intellectual audience. The author is decidedly progressive, which is what all the user reviews are really responding to. And while I generally try and gauge how could a political movie is beyond its political points, you really can't separate the two.

In the end, there is a debate on whether to rewrite the constitution, with the author taking one side or another against a teen debater. I think that even though this looks like a genuine debate that it's in large part written by the author, since I watched some of a clip of her debating on the other side and both debaters said pretty similar things to what's in the film. This feels like a bit of a cheat - the play likes to suggest that it's free and loose and could be different every time but I suspect (as someone who hasn't watched the play and doesn't really know) that it's not that different from one night to the next - but it's still a fascinating debate topic argued wittily and well.

If you don't like intellectual discussions or your head is likely to explode if you hear the wealthy slaveowners who founded this country may actually have had imperfections then you probably won't enjoy this, but if you like something smart and funny and clever and original then you should check this out.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

What the Constitution Means to Me See more »

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