The sprites. While some might have hang ups about 4 men playing Shakespeare's fairies, I found the staging absolutely perfect. The wood sprites, or men in sheer tops and tutus, captured the spirit of Shakespeare's magic; their shaking booties just added to the mischief and fun for which the fairies were originally scripted. I had heard on the street that there was a protest about the play and assumed it was coming from conservative North Westerners who couldn't handle the switch. But I was wrong. The complaints were from the gay community who felt the sprites were stereotyped! OK. On other fronts, "The Clay Cart," the least well reviewed of the season's plays, was sexy, visually fantastic and musically lovely. A great outing all in all, especially while staying at the very lux "Ashland Creek Inn." Still, it's great to be home. There's a big, exciting fall kicking into gear that includes LitQuake, Mills College LIterary Salon and a trip to the West Hollywood Book Fair and Seattle to inaugurate the new WNBA chapter!