Talking about art is one of the most pleasurable conversations -- better than talking about sex, really, because talking about art is more intimate. Talking about art -- especially with artists -- is revealing in ways that talking about sex rarely is. For example, in preparing to play Willy Loman at the Rep a year or so ago, Joneal Joplin spent months before rehearsals studying the script, seeking footholds onto a character that towers as the American Lear. Yet with all that groundwork beneath him, Joplin remarked, he'd fully begun to realize Willy after he'd worked with the costumer and found the... More >>>