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The New York Idea - Full Length Play

The New York Idea

Langdon Mitchell, David Auburn

Full Length Play

7m, 5f

ISBN: 9780822225256

Cynthia Karslake is a freewheeling divorcee in 1906 New York City soci…

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Cynthia Karslake is a freewheeling divorcee in 1906 New York City society. She has decided to settle down again into a much more stable, reliable relationship with the prominent Judge Philip Phillimore. Little does she know, however, that neither of their bombastic and blowsy ex-spouses, nor her beloved racehorse Cynthia K is yet down for the count. In this sharp-tongued comedy, David Auburn enlivens and enriches a little-known play from a century ago, and shines a surprisingly contemporary light on social mores, status and attitudes about sex and divorce in high society.
"Auburn has crafted a dandy little work…He's done more than adapt Mitchell's play; he's essentially rebuilt it from the ground up." —Entertainment Weekly. "…slimmer, faster and lighter on its feet than the original…[the] use of frivolous form to pursue Puritan objectives makes THE NEW YORK IDEA fascinating." —NY Times. "…those with a taste for period comedy should thoroughly enjoy themselves…there's no doubt that Auburn's adaptation is a much sturdier piece of work than Mitchell's original…the play's most salient feature is what it reveals about the mores of its day." —BackStage. "Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright David Auburn highlights all of the tropes of screwball comedy that audiences love." —NY Press.


7m, 5f

David Auburn

David Auburn

David Auburn's plays include Proof (Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award, New York Drama Critics Circle Award), An Upset and Amateurs (EST Marathons), and Skyscraper. Films include The Girl in the Park (writer/director) and The Lake House. Recent directing credits include A Delicate Balance for BTF. His short plays have been collected in the volume Fifth Planet And Other Plays (DPS). His work has ... view full profile

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