This play features something a bit rare -- a swim lesson, taken by a reluctant adult.
The student is Jack – a socially-awkward, heavy-set man who’s spent his entire life avoiding water that’s more than waist deep. But Jack has fallen for a woman named Connie, and she thinks taking a row boat on a lake would be romantic. So despite his apprehension, Jack is wading in.
Jack is a late-bloomer, with confidence issues. He wants to be in a relationship, but he’s never quite it figured out. So he’s drifted, working at low end jobs, hanging out with friends, and getting high. People get high a lot in this play. And Jack can’t get enough of his favorite tune, a reggae anthem he plays again, and again.
This show could easily have become a cartoonish satire about stoners in swim trunks. But instead, it emerges as a well-acted, gentle comedy about a borderline loser, who matures into a full person. It’s a heart-warming transition, and it makes for a sweet evening of summer theater.
“Jack Goes Boating” continues at Sacramento’s B Street Theatre through September 7th.