Before opening, the Atlantic Theater Company’s production of The New York Idea has extended its off-Broadway run. David Auburn's world premiere adaptation of Langdon Mitchell's 1906 comedy, which began performances on January 6, was originally scheduled to run through February 13 and will now run through February 26. It will officially open on January 26 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, directed by Mark Brokaw.
The New York Idea centers on Cynthia Karslake, a freewheeling young 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 Philimore. Little does she know, however, that neither of their impetuous and unpredictable ex-spouses, nor her beloved race horse Cynthia K is yet down for the count. In this sharp-tongued comedy, David Auburn (winner of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize for Proof) sheds new light on a little-known play from a century ago that offers a surprisingly contemporary look at social mores, status and attitudes about sex and divorce in upper crust New York.
The cast for The New York Idea includes Patricia Conolly, Michael Countryman, Francesca Faridany, Mikaela Feely-Lehmann, Rick Holmes, John Keating, Peter Maloney, Jaime Ray Newman, Patricia O’Connell, Jeremy Shamos, Joey Slotnick and Tom Patrick Stephens.