Meryl Streep Embodies Donald Trump For An Unforgettable Performance

Dressed up in Trump’s signature black suit with a false stomach and a blonde hairpiece, Streep delivered a performance that was both unsettling and epic.


Is there anything that Meryl Streep cannot do?

The three-time Oscar winner, famous for her impeccable impersonation of Margaret Thatcher and Julia Child, surprised the audience at the 2016 Shakespeare in the Park Public Theater Gala in New York, on Monday, when she walked on the stage dressed like the presumptive GOP nominee, Donald Trump.

As weird as it might sound, Streep’s resemblance with the billionaire business mogul was uncanny.

Donning a fat suit, Trump’s signature hairpiece (matted in the back and puffy in the front), a red tie, and the imperative fake tan, the 66-year-old performed an election-themed rendition of Cole Porter's “Brush Up Your Shakespeare.”

She appeared alongside Tony-winner and "Mamma Mia" co-star Christine Baranski, who played Hillary Clinton.

Male singers traditionally sing this particular duet from the musical “Kiss Me Kate,” which advises men how to impress women by reciting Shakespeare lines.

As it turns out, the gig was entirely Streep’s idea.

“Utterly her idea, beginning to end,” Oskar Eustis, the Public Theater’s artistic director, told The New York Times. “There were skeptics, there were doubters, but one of those skeptics was not Meryl Streep. She was absolutely sure she could do it. None of us had seen her in costume or makeup till she walked out tonight.”

“She treats this like she would her greatest roles: she’s working on it all the time,” added "Scandal" actor Kate Burton, who also performed at the gala.

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