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While Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are doing a lame job of adapting Catcher in the Rye for the big screen, the script for Good Will Hunting falls from the sky.

In this send-up of Hollywood’s most famous friends, the duo then grapples with the moral dilemma of taking credit for a script they didn’t write and how their differing talents — Matt has the depth, but Ben’s got the charm — threaten their friendship.

The script — by The Office’s Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers — was a huge hit in New York and it's the real star. It’s gossipy and gleefully petty. The performances by two Winnipeg women are less even. We get snatches of Ben Affleck’s splay-legged cockiness from Victoria Popp, but Matt Damon is less recognizable in Kristen Einarson’s performance. Much better is her turn as reclusive author J.D. Salinger.

— Mary Agnes Welch

From the Fringe program:

The story is unremarkable. We've all heard it before: two best friends are background actors in Field of Dreams, decide to write a screenplay, star in their own hit movie and win an Oscar for their troubles. But what is the true story behind the success of Good Will Hunting?

The sold-out 2003 New York Fringe Festival hit written by Mindy Kaling (NBC's The Office) and Brenda Withers traces the unknown story behind Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's meteoric rise to stardom right from the very beginning, when the completed screenplay falls from the sky and into their laps.

 

Recommended for: Mature audience

Length: 60 min

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $8 for Matinees, Students, Seniors, Kids (12 & under), Equity members, Fringe performers, Fans of "School Ties"

Warnings: Language

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