Theater & Performing Arts

Jack Goes Boating

When: Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m., Sun., June 14, 2 p.m. and Sundays, 2 & 7 p.m. Continues through July 19 2009

Buoyed by a fast-paced, quippy script and sharply edited scenes that cut into one another, Bob Glaudini's 2007 play Jack Goes Boating is formatted like a sit-com, but without the laugh track. The setting is modern New York City, a world populated by aggressive strivers like Jack and Lucy, who apply their work ethic to everything from limo-driving to selling bereavement seminars, to tai-chi swim lessons. Into this world walks sweet, loveable Jack, a slacker whose Rastafarian cassette tapes and white-person dreadlocks mark him as an interloper. Nonetheless, Jack is looking for love -- and he finds it in jittery Connie, a woman whose eccentricities include an acute phobia of men. The two seem perfect for each other. AuroraTheatre's rendition of the play, directed with verve by Joy Carlin, is an Annie Hall-style romance that's as much about modernity and alienation as it is about finding a soul-mate. Actors Amanda Duarte (playing Lucy) and Gabriel Marin (Clyde) are hilarious as the play's bickering married couple, but even they are bested by Danny Wolohan, whose big-eyed, vacuous stare and plodding movements make him a perfect, believable Jack. Through July 19 at AuroraTheatre (2081 Addison St., Berkeley). $28-$42. AuroraTheatre.org


Rachel Swan

Price: $28-$42

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