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Fun with ‘Matt & Ben’

By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / July 19, 2011

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Playwright and actress Brenda Withers was the special guest at Sunday’s performance of the Central Square Theater’s production of “Matt & Ben,’’ the sarcastic comedy about Boston boys Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Withers co-wrote and starred in the play with her pal Mindy Kaling in 2003. (Mindy played Ben.) Sunday was the first time Withers had seen other actresses take on the roles. During a talkback, Withers congratulated Marianna Bassham (who plays Ben) and Philana Mia (who plays Matt) for their success with the show. She also told the audience about her new play, “The Ding Dongs,’’ which will be performed at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater starting Sept. 8. Withers brought some of her Wellfleet friends to Sunday’s performance, including Lewis Wheeler and Stacy Fischer, who won the Elliot Norton Award for her role in The Nora Theatre Company’s production of “Hysteria.’’