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Mangled Beams

From 38 member  reviews
Members say: 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. 


On the morning of September 11, 2001, four men wait to be assigned work at the union hall miles from their home and families. Then the unimaginable happens. Unable to turn their backs on the tragedy, they go to work on the search and rescue effort at Ground Zero. While untangling the beams their Native American fathers and grandfathers once helped to put in place, they reclaim their identity and find personal redemption.  

Member Reviews (38)


Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant

Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if if you like bad writing coupled with bad acting/ 2 good actors in it, good lighting.

Don't see it if if you enjoy a really badly written play that is not grounded with any continuity.


See it if You want to support new work about issues facing Native Americans.

Don't see it if You want to see something above community theatre. Very clunky writing.

Cliched, Disappointing, Confusing, Excruciating

See it if I think there might be a good story under the wreckage of the writing and acting but the keyword is might. Every word and act was a cliché.

Don't see it if You could feel every actors' performance sweat, thereby every line felt memorized and not performed as the character, hence killing the show

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 pe...
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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 scr...
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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 struc...
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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,...
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