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BANGOR – One of Hollywood’s favorite friendships is currently being brought to life at the Bangor Opera House.

“Matt & Ben” is the latest production from Penobscot Theatre Company. The show – an examination of the friendship between Matt Damon and Ben Affleck penned by Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers – is directed by Lavina Jadhwani and stars Jen Shepard and Tina Muñoz Pandya as the titular pair. That’s right – these two dudes are being played by women. The show runs through November 6.

The play is an exploration of an early time in the lifelong friendship of these two men, a time before they were magazine cover-gracing Oscar-winning movie stars. A time when they were just a couple of guys starting out on a journey toward what they hoped would be fame. A time when the future was both frighteningly unclear and seemingly limitless.

All of it refracted through a satiric lens of feminine energy, magical realism and underlying absurdity, courtesy of the talented twosome in the lead. It is frantic and funny and utterly bizarre, a strange pop cultural amalgam that celebrates and skewers these men both in terms of who they are in that moment and who they might eventually become.

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