It's the ultimate extension of homophobic predictions of societal destruction if same-sex relationships are sanctioned: a boy-shark romance. That unlikely combination provides the oddest component in Adam Bock's refreshingly quirky comedy "Swimming in the Shallows," the latest offering from the Iron Crow Theatre Company.
The boy in question, Nick, has more hookups than a crooked towing service, but a meaningful relationship, let alone a phone call, never seems to follow the easy sex on the first date. So when Nick sees a confident, handsome shark gliding through the waters at the aquarium where his friend Donna works, it's … well, love at first fin.
Meanwhile, Donna has her hands full trying to navigate a path toward marriage with her significant other, Carla Carla (that double name adds an almost musical note to the play).
And then there's Barb, the middle-aged wife growing apart from her possessions and her well-intentioned husband, Bob. (The setting for the action is Rhode Island, which provides comic mileage from local pronunciations of Bob and Barb.)