Matt & Ben duel at Petra's

Posted by Perry Tannenbaum on Sat, Nov 10, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Two obscure actors come up with an idea that will transform them into heartthrob superstars. The uplifting story of how Matt Damon and Ben Affleck came up with the idea for Good Will Hunting ought to be a natural for the stage. But in casting themselves as the leads in their script, Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers chose a willfully unnatural way of retelling the story of Matt & Ben.

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Stephen Seay Productions is bringing the outré comedy to Petra's Piano Bar for a six-night performance run. If this new Seay prank is as good as past projects Beyond Therapy or the more recent The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged), you'll want to sidle into the Plaza-Midwood venue early to snag a good seat. The return of Tania Kelly, CL Critic's Choice for Best Local Actress, and her ability to cross racial and gender boundaries to play Matt pretty much guarantees a good time. Opposite her is Tarradiddle Players mainstay Darlene Parker, who reaffirmed her comedy cred earlier this year in Theatre Charlotte's The Female Odd Couple.

$10 in advance. Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 15-17, 7:30 p.m. Petra's Piano Bar & Cabaret, 1919 Commonwealth Ave. 704-332-6608. www.petraspianobar.com.

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