by Sahara Kelly

June 2004
ISBN: 1-59596-016-3
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Sahara Kelly has done what my high school Literature teacher could have only hoped to accomplishÖmade Shakespeare interesting. In her book entitled Now Playing 1: Midsummerís Nightmare she has brought Shakespeare to the stage in such a way that would have had more young teens yelling encore, encore if she had been their Literature teacher.

Maude Henshaw is directing the community theaterís production of A Midsummerís Night Dream. She is being thwarted in bringing her true vision to the stage by not only the producer who insists on putting the rather well endowed Sally Pidgeon in a revealing fairy costume instead of something more in keeping with costumes of the period to the stage manager, Colin Fenton.

She believes that she is not now, nor will she ever be in any way shape of form attracted to Colin. If she had to eat her words she would not find them as heady as the sensations she feels when she and Colin have an intimate encounter. What Maude would like to say was a drunken interlude is really just her subconscious telling her that she is very attracted to Colin, and may want their relationship to deepen.

Colin knows that he is attracted to Ms. Henshaw, and when she volunteers to help him with a staging issue he doesnít hesitate to take advantage. Needless to say, one thing leads to another. I donít believe that either Colin or Maude will ever be able to look at the prop they were working on in quite the same way again.

As I read I felt like Maude was a very strong-willed determined lady. Colin was somewhat of a cad, but deep down was just looking for the right woman. Fortunately for them both, they realized before the final curtain call that the encore would be a private two-person show.

Iím just discovering Ms. Kelly as an author. I know she has a wonderful backlist of choices, and Iím going to have to do some shopping for earlier titles. I also plan to mark her as an author to watch for future releases.

Reviewed in July 2004 by Sandi.

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