My We Love Ann Arbor story about Penny Seats Theatre’s ‘Matt & Ben’

30073901_10156213275730135_837576264_o.jpgIn the pantheon of celebrity bromances, longtime friends and collaborators Matt Damon and Ben Affleck rank pretty high.

So it’s hardly a surprise that when Mindy Kaling (“The Office,” “The Mindy Project”) and Brenda Withers wrote their 2002 New York Fringe Festival comedy “Matt and Ben,” now being staged by Penny Seats Theatre as a dinner theater production (at Conor O’Neill’s), the pair’s first names sufficed to give audiences an idea of precisely what they were in for.

What was more of a surprise, however, was that Kaling and Withers had winkingly played the titular roles themselves, so local actresses Allison Megroet and Allyson Miko are now doing so for Penny Seats’ production.

“It’s harder to truly compare people to Matt and Ben when they’re not the same gender, so having women play them helps people to go into the show with a clean slate,” said director Mat Pecek.

Set at the time when the two men co-wrote their Oscar-winning screenplay for “Good Will Hunting” (1997), “Matt and Ben” is set in motion when the script literally falls from the sky into their apartment, demanding their attention. And while it may launch the two struggling actors into super-stardom, it also threatens to end their friendship. READ THE REST HERE

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