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Matt & Ben

a Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY
by Mindy Kaling & Brenda Withers

COMPANY : Centerstage North Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : The Robert Mello Studio [WEBSITE]
ID# 5117

SHOWING : August 18, 2017 - August 19, 2017

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Winner! 2002 New York International Fringe Festival, Best Overall Production

"Matt & Ben" depicts its Hollywood golden boys – before J-Lo, before Gwyneth, before Project Greenlight, before Oscar […] before anyone actually gave a damn. When the screenplay for "Good Will Hunting" drops mysteriously from the heavens, the boys realize they’re being tested by a Higher Power.


CAST & CREW LIST
Ben Affleck Kylene Compaan
Matt Damon Jessie Kuipers
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REVIEWS

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Jessie & Kylene
by playgoer
Sunday, August 20, 2017
4.5
There’s an "Odd Couple" dynamic to OFF Centerstage North’s "Matt & Ben," with Kylene Compaan the schlubby Oscar/Ben and Jessie Kuipers the uptight Felix/Matt. The storyline concerns Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s writing of the Oscar-winning screenplay for "Good Will Hunting," after having worked unsuccessfully on a screen adaptation of "Catcher in the Rye." It’s all very comedic, with cameos by Gwyneth Paltrow and J.D. Salinger and some rather dated references to the post-1995 "future" love lives of these two movie icons.

The program credits Ms. Kuipers and Ms. Compaan for "Everything Else" (everything but Lindsey Sharpless’ effective lighting design, Denise Denson’s behind-the-scenes stage management, and Kiernan Matts’ adequate fight consultation). So they get credit for the milk crate and keg apartment design (walls courtesy of Centerstage North’s "Motherhood Out Loud"), the Boston-specific props, and the spot-on direction. Pacing is snappy, characterizations are detailed, and the interplay of these two actors is a sheer delight. Altogether, it’s 60 minutes of unadulterated fun. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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