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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
Avg Score

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Great staging

See it if For those socio-historians concerned with our current state of affairs and the causes and effects of it, this play is a must see.

Don't see it if If you'd rather keep your blinders on and maintain the non-existence of our true knotty past and present history, avoid this play.

Absorbing, Funny, Edgy, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if It's illuminating about the role of American Indian iron workers played in the building of the trade towers and in the rescue after 9/11.

Don't see it if You don't want to hear a lot of talk about the problems facing many American Indians in New York State.

Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you're interested in learning about an under-represented culture and history.

Don't see it if you're looking for a more traditional theater experience.

Entertaining, Great acting, Edgy

See it if you like drama. This is a superb story of human courage and perseverance against prejudices. A fight for survival. Getting ones life back.

Don't see it if you like fluffy Broadway musicals like "Frozen." "Mangled Beams" is a heavy human drama with a sprinkling of humor.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if It presents a unique perspective of 9-11 and tells the story of the native american beamwalkers that many people have never heard.

Don't see it if Cuss words are upsetting for you

Resonant, Relevant, Profound, Entertaining

See it if you're interested in learning the outsize contribution that Native Americans have made to building our cities.

Don't see it if you're looking for something light

Absorbing, Great acting, Clever

See it if Those who enjoy a great human drama will be riveted by the struggles of American Native iron workers before and after the tragedy of 9/11.

Don't see it if I cannot imagine anyone not liking a character-driven drama interspersed with moments of clever humor. This show has something for everyone!

Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Riveting

See it if Topics in the show were timely and severely ; writing was very clever; and I would have thought the actors were accomplished Broadway actors

Don't see it if Someone might have felt uncomfortable with knowing about the discrimination that existed.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if It's entertaining yet informative about unemployment's effects, 9/11 and the cleanup contribution of Native American ironworkers .

Don't see it if If you aren't interested in Native Americans, 9/11, and unemployment. If you don't want to learn about them.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You like sensible, thoughtful, and unusual drama.

Don't see it if You don’t like sensible, thoughtful, and unusual drama.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Riveting, Intense

See it if This play was very informative regarding the Native Americans and their skill and ability to help in the clean up of ground zero.

Don't see it if I can't imagine anyone not wanting to see a production of this play.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if you enjoy getting a good deal on an off-Broadway show! Mangled Beams gives you your money's worth. It is fantastic! It makes you think!

Don't see it if you have no interest in the plight of others.

Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if Learn about the continuing struggle of the native people in our country in an intriguing crisis situation.

Don't see it if You don’t want to enjoy and be entertained learning about an important part of history, acted by a talented group of actors.

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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