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Make plans to “Streep Tease” while you can!

It’s no secret that I am absolutely mad about Meryl Streep. I feel very badly for Sandra Bullock and her marital woes but that does not change the fact that there is no way in heck she deserved to win the Oscar for The Blind Side over Meryl’s brilliant performance in Julie & Julia.

I watched both films again post-Oscars and really, there is no comparison. Much as we’d like to believe the Academy Awards are all about performance, they are even more about politics and campaigning and momentum etc.

How else can you explain Meryl’s 14 losses for her performances in such films as Out of Africa, Doubt, One True Thing, The Bridges of Madison County, Postcards From the Edge, Adaptation and so many, many more.

Well, the cast of the brilliant stage show Streep Tease certainly have the proper appreciation for Miss Streep and they show it every week at Bang Theatre in a production that you must see if you have not already.

Streep Tease

This evening of monologues from various Streep films is performed by an all-male cast at Bang, a West Hollywood theater and improv studio. The show is a real tribute to the quality and the variety of roles the 16-time Oscar nominee has had throughout her unparalleled career.  It had been selling out during its monthly performances last fall and the weekly performances seem to be just as popular but the show must close April 24 so there is no time to waste!

Here is a LINK to the theater’s site for ticket information. Also, here is a LINK to my review of the show. I love, love, love it and not just because I have crushes on just about the entire cast.

The heart of this show is creator-producer Roy Cruz, a stand-up comedian who in the playbill writes:  “It’s fascinating to know how a line from a movie resonates with one person, especially with Meryl Streep movies. So this show is maybe finding out why we are fascinated with Streep and her movies. It’s maybe the writing, the character, the way she delivered the lines, etc. But we all agree she is a great actress.”

Here is a piece on the show by Heath Daniels:

A few weeks ago, cast members Trent Walker and Roy Cruz popped into an event I was attending at OBar in West Hollywood to talk up the show and to hand out fliers. I love their energy and enthusiasm and it was great to meet them face-to-face after seeing them perform last month and exchanging a few emails after. I loved doing some lines from Postcards and Prada with Roy!

Roy does a mean Miranda Priestley from The Devil Wears Prada. He captures Miranda’s imperiousness perfectly (”Oh do move at a glacial pace, you know how I love that.”) and is savvy enough to hold back his next line when the audience is still laughing at the last one.

Cruz then slips into the narrator role and hilariously introduces the seven monologues that careen from heavy drama (Silkwood, Bridges of Madison County, Out of Africa and Sophie’s Choice} to unintentional comedy (A Cry in the Dark, The River Wild) to full-out comedy (Death Becomes Her and Prada). He also does a few trivia questions with the audience and for answering one correctly (The name of Streep’s character in Kramer vs. Kramer was Joanna) I got a Meryl fan – just like those in the cast photo below – as a prize the night I attended.

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