Closed 1h 5m
American Mill No. 2
Midtown W

American Mill No. 2 NYC Reviews and Tickets

(9 Reviews)
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Great singing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Resonant, Relevant

About the Show

Pioneers Go East Collective presents a brand-new docudrama with music about the textile workers’ protest movement in the early 20th-century American South. 

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Ambitious, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You're interested in non-traditional multi-media performance; are interested in the labor movement of the 1920s; you like political pieces

Don't see it if You want a traditional play presented traditionally; you don't like plays with music; you don't want to be disturbed by a true story Read more

Historical, 1920s folk songs, Intelligent, Resonant, Refreshing

See it if Ur interested in learning about labour unions and the mills-specificaly in the 1920s deep South. Follows 1 woman's story who was leader/song

Don't see it if Writer. You want the usual play. This combines songs with history and short scenes-but you truly care about these people and their plight.

Critic Reviews (3)

April 8th, 2017

"It's when the cast sings that 'American Mill' truly comes alive...The genius composition and the chemistry between the performers are the absolute highlights...The ensemble-devised script would benefit from some reconstruction in order to make this story more effective. It's a production with a big heart and lots of impressive ingredients. And if its structure and coherence are flawed, it seems that the company's goal is for us to...draw strength from the past."
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April 6th, 2017

"The score is by turns joyous and heartbreaking. When Sankaram sings as Wiggins at the beginning of the show, she is captivating. In stark contrast to the rabble-rousing musicality of the Southern mill workers, the players recount historical anecdotes seated around a table...These interludes feel at odds with the stomping solidarity of the music. The intermittent use of video recording, another docudrama favorite, drew this writer further from the world of the mill workers."
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April 5th, 2017

"They home in on the role of women in the labor movement. It’s a noble goal, but the loose multimedia format of the show succeeds more in potent moments than in the overall power...The show successfully draws parallels to still relevant issues...The strongest element of the piece is the sometimes reviving and sometimes forlorn folk music...But the stylistic jolts and shifting story beats need smoothing...The balance between documentary and live docudrama can feel off-kilter."
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