Meryl Streep has long been known to be one of the most versatile actresses in Hollywood. Her characters vary from eccentric to remarkably subtle, and often feature many different accents and quirks. Nobody can do what Meryl Streep does.
However, soon a group of men will try.
“Streep Tease” is a variety show that will feature several male comedians attempting to re-create some of Meryl Streep’s most memorable film roles. Moments will be featured from The Devil Wears Prada, Out of Africa, The Bridges of Madison County, and many others.
Actor-comedian Roy Cruz is the mind behind the event that he is performing along with Taylor Negron, Sam Pancake, Steve Hasley, David Dean Bottrell, Eddie Sanchez, Mike Rose and Trent Walker. Each has an interesting reason behind their choice of movie:
Bottrell, probably best known for his recurring role on “Boston Legal,” chose a monologue from “Out of Africa” because he loves the Danish accent.
Cruz will perform a staple from his stand-up routine, Streep’s lecture from “Prada” on the color cerulean.
“The writer did a wonderful job at concisely explaining how a color like cerulean ends up in department stores,” says Cruz.
Pancake chose “Postcards From the Edge” because Shirley MacLaine’s character, Doris Mann, is the mother he always wanted. Besides, he’s memorized the entire pic.
Negron is doing “Sophie’s Choice” because he loves the writing in both the novel and the film.
Now that sounds like a great idea for a Fringe Festival type play. I also think it’s a great idea because I imagine Streep herself would be highly in favor of it. Hopefully she will not show up, however, because Cruz said if she does “we’ll cancel the event.”
The performance will be Saturday, September 5 at L.A.’s bang.comedy theatre.