Meryl Streep ‘71 received a glowing review in The Poughkeepsie Journal for her role as "Sarah Millwood, a lady of pleasure" in the Vassar Experimental Theater's production of The London Merchant (1731) by George Lillo.  Of Streep's portrayal of the "truly tragic," "morally corrupt but beautiful Millwood," Debi Erb '73 said in The Miscellany News, "Streep coos, connives, weeps and screams her character alive.  It is a [role] with which Ms. Streep is familiar.  Through her performances in Miss Julie, Molière's Frosine in The Miser and now as Millwood, Ms. Streep is acquiring an image."     The Miscellany News

In April, 1971, Meryl Streep made her off-Broadway début as a fishermaid, Tisbea, in a production at the Cubiculo Theater of Tirso de Molina's The Trickster of Seville and the Stone Guest (El burlador de Sevilla y convidado de piedra, c. 1616-1630).  The Cubiculo was affiliated with the National Shakespeare Company, founded in 1962 by Philip Meister and Elaine Sulka.