Review On WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME


Leigh Kennicott

Registered Critic


With yet another import from Broadway on the Mark Tabor stage, it is interesting to review the rhetoric about the play against the actual product. Heidi Schreck’s play does not disappoint. Her tight, 90-minute plus monologue (with help from original cast, Mike Iveson) captivates for its very personal take on a document that we all (Mostly) take for granted.

But, if this discussion is not enough, the performance ends with a “mock” debate whether the constitution should be abolished, featuring 15-year old Rosdely Ciprian. And, wait! There’s more! Since the previous audience had submitted questions to the debaters (along the lines of “what is your pet’s name”). We must sit and wait through several of them before we are finally released. Now clocking in at a good two hours without an intermission, the evening ends, if you will excuse the plagiarism, “not with a bang, but a whimper.”

Leigh Kennicott has an extensive background in theatre, film and television and a Ph.D. degree in Theatre, awarded in 2002. A writer, director and actor, Leigh Kennicott began theatrical reviewing at Backstage, followed by Pasadena Weekly and Stage Happenings blog.
As a director in Los Angeles, she directed a neo-realist "Romeo and Juliet" at the Secret Rose Theatre; a new play,“Charlotte Second Chance,” at DramaGarage; and “How I Learned to Drive,” “Nickel and Dimed” and “Top Girls” all at College of the Canyons.
Presently, she teaches theatre topics at California State University, Northridge.