A: Langdon Mitchell Pf: 1906, New York Pb: 1906 G: Romantic com. in 4 acts S: New York, 1900s C: 9m, 6fThe dashing John Karslake and his pretty wife Cynthia are imbued with the ‘New York idea’ that marriage and divorce are matters not to be taken too seriously. Consequently, they have become divorced and now seek new partners. Cynthia becomes engaged to a pompous, conservative judge Philip Phillimore, while Karslake starts to develop an interest in the judge's divorced wife Vida, who is something of a maneater. Just before her wedding, however, Cynthia has second thoughts about marrying the boring judge. She fears that Karslake may marry Vida and rushes off to see him. To her great relief, the ex-wife has married an English ladies’ man, and both she and Karslake realize how much they still love each other. Fortunately, their divorce is disallowed on a technicality, and they settle down happily to marriage together once more.
A: Langdon Mitchell Pf: 1906, New York Pb: 1906 G: Romantic com. in 4 acts S: New York, 1900s C: 9m, 6f
This was the most popular American comedy of its period and achieved international success. Its gently romantic plot offers persuasive insights into the competing attractions of marital congeniality and exciting new conquests, somewhat reminiscent of Shaw's Candida. As its title implies, it also offers a satirical view of New York high society, with its disregard for solid middle-class values. In 1916 Max Reinhardt directed it in Berlin as Jonathans Tochter (Jonathan's Daughter).