Love in Idleness With slapstick confusion, magic potions, and Shakespearean references galore, Craig crafts a modern-day Midsummer Night's Dream in the story of a husband and wife vacationing… Love in Idleness With slapstick confusion, magic potions, and Shakespearean references galore, Craig crafts a modern-day Midsummer Night's Dream in the story of a husband and wife vacationing… 2003-07-22 Fiction
Review

Love In Idleness (2003)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Jul 22, 2003; Writer: Amanda Craig; Genre: Fiction

With slapstick confusion, magic potions, and Shakespearean references galore, Craig crafts a modern-day Midsummer Night's Dream in the story of a husband and wife vacationing at an Italian villa with their wacky friends and family. But often her efforts to re-create the Bard's tale prove more distracting than enchanting. (Must the Nick Bottom-like Guy have actual tufts of hair on his ears and a ''braying laugh''?) The beginning doesn't show Shakespeare's knack for cutting straight to the drama -- Craig luxuriates too long in idleness before showing the love. The conclusion, however, manages to surprise in a way old Will never dreamed of.

Originally posted Jul 25, 2003 Published in issue #720 Jul 25, 2003 Order article reprints
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