In recent years, an obsession with technical experimentation has often superseded concerns about plot and character. Kid Brooklyn’s newest production, “Wild,” brings back the character-driven narrative. Artistic director Evan Caccioppoli and writer Crystal Skillman have created a focused and intense character study of people in tumultuous relationships, most of them sexual. An extremely drunk pair, Nikki (Julia Daubert) and Peter (Evan Linder), runs onto the beach of Lake Michigan and quickly off again, headed for bed. The event defines the play: In the next scene, Peter argues with Bobby (Michael Manocchio), his boyfriend of four years, as he admits his indiscretions. The men’s sexually confused passions and histories are let loose for the audience to see.
The acting is phenomenal, and it helps that Skillman draws complex and diverse characters. Bobby’s stepbrother Ted (Adam Schulmerich), though not seen much, provides a great deal of grounded (as well as convincingly reticent) wisdom, and Vin (Jude Hansen) adds a dose of Zen master philosophy as Peter seeks him out on the rebound. “Wild” is boldly honest about the (at times absurd) nature of life and the human experience. (Rob Underwood)
At Angel Island, 735 West Sheridan, (718)393-7625. Through July 1. $11-$15.