Introduction: Throughout the course of 2006, I've had many incredible opportunities to see some of the best actors, singers and dancers of our time perform live on the stage. Rather than recap the best shows of the year (which I'll do at the close of the 2006-07 Theatrical Season), I'm devoting the last six days of the calendar year to those live performances that have stayed with me throughout the year.
Meryl Streep has had nothing short of a spectacular year both on the stage and in film. But it's her singular performance in this past summer's Public Theater production of Mother Courage And Her Children that merits a place on SOB's 6 Singular Sensations of '06 list.
Here's what I had to say about her performance in August:
Not surprising was how easily Meryl Streep can captivate, thus making the three-hour running time breeze by. Indeed, whenever this icon of American acting brilliance is on the stage, she's firmly in command. Given the complexity of her title character, who makes unrepentantly ill-fated choices for her family -- particularly as the hard-nosed business woman making a profit from the death and destruction all around her -- there are few actresses who could pull off the phenomenal feat Streep accomplishes. And did I mention she can sing?
Here's toasting a triumphant Meryl Streep!
Mother Courage And Her Children (The SOB Review) – Delacorte Theater, New York, NY (August 28, 2006)