It's the dicey but also ennobling power of love that makes Jack and Connie (whose own neurotic complexity gets its full due in Wilmurt's shrewdly unnerving yet sympathetic characterization) able to navigate these waters finally, rather than merely treading them in a self-induced fog of pot smoke or "positive vibes."
Veteran Bay Area actor-director Carlin guides this beautifully designed production with sure comic instincts, making for an enjoyable ride all the way. But she and her cast also know the play gathers much of its momentum from deeper, darker waters just below its romantic comedy surface.
JACK GOES BOATING
Through July 19
Wed-Sat, 8 p.m.; Sun, 2 and 7 p.m., $28-$50
Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison, Berk.
(510) 843-4822, www.auroratheatre.org