Are you fan of Meryl Streep? If so, then this is the show for you. The Melbourne Cabaret Festival is in town June 14—26th and Streeper fans (thank you IMDB for this term) are in for a treat. Alexandra Keddie’s show, ‘I See Me & Meryl Streep‘ is playing at The Space Dance & Art Centre in Prahran.
Alexandra Keddie is fresh faced and energetic. She reminds me of an Australian Reese Witherspoon. Keddie takes fangirling to the next level, choosing the stage name ‘Meryl Jacobson’ in honour her favourite actor.
The show is a musical recitation on the life and career of American film heavyweight actress Meryl Streep. Heads up: you have to like Meryl Streep and be familiar with most of her movies in order to get the puns and jokes. Keddie is a walking encyclopedia of Meryl. Eat your heart out, IMDB.
The first thing I noticed was the stage. It had been transformed into a shrine to Meryl Streep. There were full body cardboard cutouts, glittery framed pictures, magazines, and collages. Don’t worry: Keddie’s Streeper devotion is more teen obsession than creepy stalker. The most entertaining piece of Meryl memorabilia was the line graph that featured miniature cutout faces of both Meryl and Alexandra and charted how close Alexandra was to following in her idol’s footsteps.
The performance itself was fast paced, niche, and interesting. Keddie gives a seamless delivery, her enthusiasm verging almost on mania. Sandwiching musical tunes and biographical nuggets between quick wardrobe changes, audience members receive a jam-packed sixty-minute performance.
Keddie’s beautiful voice stood out as she serenaded audience members with tunes from Meryl films. My favourite part of the night was watching her sing Mama Mia in a salmon coloured sequinned body suit. Keddie is funny, charming, and entertaining.
This show will please the whole spectrum of Streeper fans. ‘I See Me & Meryl Streep‘ is a good appetizer show for the rest of the Cabaret Festival. The venue was a little difficult to find so make sure that you budget extra travel time.
Vanessa is recent Melbourne transplant from California, diehard Harry Potter fan, foodie, and a convert to cabaret.
Read our guide to the best acts of the 2016 Melbourne Cabaret Festival.