Meryl Streep has channeled “the Donald” in her latest theatre performance on Monday night.
In orange make-up and a padded suit three-time Oscar winning actor has surprised audience, and organisers, of the annual Shakespeare in the Park Public Theatre Gala in New York City with a captivating Donald Trump impersonation.
The New York Times reported that the actor got the presumptive Republican nominee “down to the pursed lips and low-hanging belly. She got the braggadocio-inflected voice, too, even while singing.”
The event took place as Hillary Clinton was making history by all but clinching the Democratic nomination for president.
Videos were posted on social media showing Streep, who is a Clinton supporter, performing a duet alongside actress Christine Baranski’s pantsuit-clad Democrat Hillary Clinton. The pair sang “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” from Cole Porter’s musical “Kiss Me, Kate.”
The song, in part altered for the performance, offers advice for picking up women — in this case, female voters. Most of the original lyrics were fitting as they were: “If she says your behavior is heinous, kick her right in the Coriolanus!” The crowd, which included reportedly loved the performance.
Public Theatre artistic director Oskar Eustis told the newspaper that the performance was Streep’s idea “beginning to end” and “she was absolutely sure she could do it.”
Actor Kate Burton, who also performed at the gala, said Streep was demonstrating Trump’s mannerisms in their shared dressing room before the show.
“He apparently does this thing, where he goes to close to his jacket but it doesn’t close all the way, and so he kind of goes for it and then he tries to close it again,” Burton told the Times, adding that Streep even used her own hair: “She did some funky thing with pins.”