NEW YORK, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Actress Meryl Streep is adding a New York stage production to her busy summer movie schedule, with a starring role in "Mother Courage and Her Children."
The 57-year-old Oscar winner will play the lead in the Shakespeare in the Park production of Bertolt Brecht's play when it begins performances on Tuesday, effectively adding on to what has so far been a break-through year for Streep, the New York Daily News reported.
With roles in the films "The Devil Wears Prada" and "A Prairie Home Companion," along with a voiceover part in the animated comedy "The Ant Bully," 2006 has revitalized Streep's career, the newspaper said.
Film critic Leonard Maltin observed that, with her most recent work, Streep has now has had roles in almost 50 films in every cinematic genre.
"Even younger moviegoers seem to recognize that she's not just an 'older actress,' but someone of great talent and limitless versatility," said Maltin. "There's nothing she can't do or won't try, from high drama to farce. She's got a sense of humor and a great singing voice to boot."
Streep has been nominated for 13 Academy Awards and has won twice. She received the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award in 2004.