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Crossing ‘Bridge’ for Streep

Jones perf pulls plenty of stars to preem

Since when did the Culture Project become star central? On Thursday the cramped Off Broadway venue was overloaded with celebs heaping praise on the opening-night perf of scribe-thesp Sarah Jones‘ one-woman show “Bridge and Tunnel.” Among them: avid theatergoers Sarah Jessica Parker, Bob Balaban and Joan Rivers .Even P. Diddy slipped in right before the show began, only to hear one of Jones’s more culturally challenged characters refer to him as “Puffy Daddy” and “Piddy Diddy.”

The reason for the starry guest list was, of course, producer Meryl Streep, who called Jones a master every acting student in New York should see.

“My Aunt Barbara said you should always go and see the best of your time,” Streep said at the Maritime Hotel after-party.

Reminded some might consider her that, the multiple Oscar winner demurred.

“I can’t write. She’s a poet. So I’m at her feet. I really am in awe of her.”

Jones, meanwhile, was flattered.

“I can’t think of an actor who’s growing up and doesn’t want to be like Meryl,” she said. “And now that she’s a brunette, I think I’m closer than ever, don’t you?”

Others in the audience included Mary-Louise Parker, Marisa Tomei, Terrence McNally, Annabella Sciorra and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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