Matt and Ben On Stage

westernedgeWestern Edge Theatre opens its 2009-10 season with the ingenious comedy “Matt & Ben.” Already a hit across North America, “Matt & Ben” plays three performances in Nanaimo. The Matt and Ben in question have the last names Damon and Affleck, but in this inspired send-up they aren’t yet big movie stars. Instead, they’re struggling actors sharing an apartment and waiting for their big break. And then one day something amazing happens: the script of “Good Will Hunting” falls from their ceiling!

Written by Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers, the play was first performed at the New York Fringe Festival, where the New York Post welcomed it as “acidic, funny and affectionate.”

Matt and Ben are played by Nanaimo actresses Emily Smythe and Carolyn Westberg. “What makes the play truly, subversively funny is that it’s written to be performed by two women,” says artistic producer Frank Moher. “Who knows the foibles of young men better than young women? Still, it’s a pretty affectionate portrait. What it’s really about is being hopeful, a wee bit competitive, and on the verge of the rest of your life.”

The Nanaimo performances are at the Nanaimo Entertainment Centre, 46 Nicol St., on Friday, October 23, 2009, on Saturday, October 24, 2009, at 7:30 pm, and on Sunday, October 25, 2009, at 2 pm. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $17 for seniors (65+), and $10 for students, on sale by phone at 250-325-7777 or 1-888-320-3343 and at Falconer Books in the Port Place Mall.