Tuesday, August 20 th, 2019 at 00:08 am 



Former ingénue Alice Brady took her first step towards the dizzy society matrons she’d play in the talkie era in the 1920 silent The New York Idea. The film concerns the rock-solid marriage of upper-crust couple Alice and Lowell Sherman. Despite the most alluring of temptations, the couple insists upon keeping their union intact.


The large cast, terrific costumes, amazing sets can’t offset the reality that this play was written over a hundred years ago when the idea of marrying for love, was only a New York idea, was shocking and is more than a little dated. The problem is that you don’t really care very much about any of the people. The idea is that we meet two women of a certain age who start talking about their son and nephew who are marrying a divorced woman. The idea is that this woman is — basically, I think that’s part of the problem is that you don’t really care very much about her. You care much more about the kind of stick in the mud that she’s marrying and who then runs off with another man, and the thing is that this is I’m sure was viewed as incredibly racy at the time, although it originally opened in 1906. So, this I’m sure was considered completely scandalous, and a modern woman, and it’s a New York idea of how to behave, and the fact that it was set in 1906, and premiered in 1906, but in 2011 it seems too cute for words, and you don’t really like, especially the lead woman very much. She seems more manipulative than anything else rather than charming or forward thinking. I did love the costumes. I did love the sets. I didn’t love the play. So, I’d give it two stars.