Mangled Beams
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Mangled Beams

Mangled Beams NYC Reviews and Tickets

(38 Reviews)
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Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant

About the Show

This new drama looks at the plight of Native American iron workers who removed debris at Ground Zero after 9/11. Rather than one man's quest for meaning, 'Mangled Beams' is a play about a People. 

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Member Reviews (38)

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61 Reviews | 35 Followers
Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant, Resonant, Riveting

See it if You care about Native Americans

Don't see it if There is no reason not to.

132 Reviews | 25 Followers
Profound, Ambitious, Relevant, Resonant, Great acting

See it if are interested in Native American plays.

Don't see it if the subject of 911 is uncomfortable

160 Reviews | 23 Followers
Absorbing, Intelligent, Masterful, Relevant, Profound

See it if you want a play that explores an unknown aspect of 9/11.

Don't see it if you are not interested in a behind the scenes story of 9/11

1103 Reviews | 447 Followers
Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a smart play that’s entertaining while tackling some very real very serious topics without ever feeling bogged down by them.

Don't see it if You can’t watch with some imagination and an open mind. For a small stage the recreation of 9/11 destruction and beams was impressive.

155 Reviews | 23 Followers
Absorbing, Edgy, Profound, Raunchy, Masterful

See it if you desire a play that shocks you with language and plot.

Don't see it if you live in a PC culture.

168 Reviews | 29 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Timely, Must see

See it if You want to see some great acting about the treatment of Native Americans pre-911 in the construction trades.

Don't see it if You have no interest in the above or are averse to some rough language, which was important in this piece. Read more

677 Reviews | 159 Followers
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Conventional, Resourceful, Sincere

See it if you would like to experience a story about the lives of some New York Native Americans, told & presented by Native Americans.

Don't see it if you are looking for that big budget thriller about the fall of the Twin Towers--this is not it. Read more

213 Reviews | 35 Followers
Relevant, Absorbing, A very pleasant surprise, Good, low-buget set, Good acting

See it if Native American steel workers in NYC are discriminated against by union boss. They are beam walkers. Then 9/11 happens. Excellent story

Don't see it if Do see it! Closes tomorrow, April 29

Critic Reviews (4)

April 19th, 2018

"There's a quietly stunning sequence...No words are spoken for several minutes...Then the characters open their mouths, and the sublime mundanity devolves into melodrama...The difficulty is that her characters are less like people than parts in a theatrical machine...Big plaudits, then, to the performers who find personality amid the plot devices...There's a story worth telling at the core of this play about identity and conflicted patriotism. Too bad it's been mangled."
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April 20th, 2018

"Informative, noble, and affective drama...Its didactic streak and overloaded exposition...prevent it from totally succeeding...Repetitiveness, tangents, and packing in too much information hinder the play's flow...Callahan's focused staging injects as much momentum as possible to the stilted script and guides the cast to expressive performances...Though earnest, passionate, and involving...doesn't quite cohere into a fully realized theatrical work."
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Theatre is Easy
April 24th, 2018

"Jamieson's script seems to dwell on Brad, giving us lots of information about his back story. But I was particularly interested in the characters of Becky and Dave, and their interactions and history. Yet all the actors have presence and give engaging performances...'Mangled Beams' is well structured and the characters are clearly defined, though I couldn’t help but wish it moved faster at the beginning."
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April 27th, 2018

"Scrupulously fair to all its characters, Jamieson’s script skillfully weaves its multiple narratives and themes of cultural and personal dilemmas into a cohesive statement. There is even a healthy dose of humor to counterbalance the seriousness of the subject matter. As with any large cast play, though, keeping a consistent pace and tone proves challenging...The heart of 'Mangled Beams' shines through regardless, but the show feels like it’s under construction."
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