Matt and Ben | McKaw Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Michael Bullard

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 20 2016
Price: $20
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s real-life bromance prior to the making of Good Will Hunting is the inspiration for this 2002 comedy by Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers. Taking for granted that these guys were too dumb to have actually written an Oscar-winning screenplay without some form of divine help, Matt and Ben depicts a mysterious binder falling from the ceiling of Ben’s apartment with the completed script already in it, catapulting the friendship into chaos. In this Theatre Above the Law production (as in the original as well as Collaboraction's version a few years back), women play the duo, but it’s the classic bro-movie formula: dudes eating chips on their way to glory experience unequal levels of good fortune. In this case, bro A soars to impossible heights, leaving bro B to wallow in betrayal; when bro A’s dreams come crashing down, back he comes on hands and knees to the cave moaning, “I love you, man"—but will bro B ever forgive him? —Max Maller



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