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The Cake

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Members say: Relevant, Great acting, Funny, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

About the show

In MTC's new play, when a celebrated baker is asked to make a cake for a lesbian wedding, she is forced to re-examine her deeply held beliefs, as questions of morals, judgment, and family swirl around. More…

All is going well for Della (Debra Jo Rupp, “That 70s Show”, “This Is Us”). Her North Carolina bakery is legendary and she’s just been cast on her favorite television baking competition. But then, her late-best-friend’s daughter comes home from New York City to ask her to make a cake for her upcoming wedding to a woman. Written by Bekah Brunstetter ("This is Us.")


Member Reviews (147)

MEMBERS SAY:

Relevant, Great acting, Funny, Thought-provoking, Entertaining
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Avg Score

92
Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You like plays that help you see topics from other people’s point of view. No one is portrayed as the villain or the victim here.

Don't see it if You’re afraid to look at your own culpability in a recent news topic that most of us took a side in without knowing very many facts.

Also I found this show to be very eye opening. I appreciate a show that hel... Read more Read less

72
Quirky, Intelligent, Funny, Ambitious

See it if A funny show that is a little corky and has some good moments. Not very political.

Don't see it if If you want a very strong written play. If you want a big production.

75
Funny, Great sets, Well developed, Cliched, Relevant

See it if Bible Belt lady baker gets a visit from her friend’s daughter & lesbian fiancee. Can she accept them? Good characters, acting & production.

Don't see it if The theme seems cliched already, even though the Supreme Court decision is just 4 years old. Still, it’s well done and held my interest.

66
Innocuous, Mildly entertaining, Great lead performance, Disappointing, Relevant

See it if u want to see a play about acceptance, "sanctity" of marriage, identity, morality & tolerance w/o any politicization, provocation or punch.

Don't see it if u hope for a Cake u can to sink ur teeth into. [There are too many storylines, plot holes, flavorless characters & unconvincing arguments.]

Also This play was a huge missed opportunity. Brunstetter plays it way too ... Read more Read less

75
Some charming details, Well intended, Simplistic, Dated, Resonant

See it if you enjoy quirky characters whose interactions sometimes lead to hilarious moments.

Don't see it if you want a full out comedy or cutting edge issues. While the script attempts to offer both it is not totally successful with either.

74
More entertaining than nourishing, Great set, Indulgent

See it if you want to see a well-performed topical dramedy

Don't see it if you are expecting a deep look at the legal implications of denying a wedding cake to a same-sex couple.

Also Debra Jo Rupp is terrific in the central role. The set is amazing. Don... Read more Read less

78
Art imitates life, Relevant, Intelligent, Great sets, Sweet (no pun intended)

See it if Debra Jo Rupp is sympathtic, wonderful, likable, plays her role with sensitivity & humor; terrific sets & relevant story. Good 4 person cast

Don't see it if you are not open to conflicting views on gay marriage. This is done with humor/love where people hear & learn from each other.

85
Great staging, Great acting, Disappointing, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you want a lighthearted look at homophobia.Despite ourselves we love the woman who refuses to bake the cake for a gay wedding.

Don't see it if you want a black&white solution to a rainbow issue.We end up admiring her for standing up for her principles even when it breaks her heart

70
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy plays that emulate contemporary news stories. A conflicted cake maker and a same sex couple planning a wedding

Don't see it if you enjoy sharply written pieces that do not vacillate back and forth on uncertain personal issues.

75
Cliched, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy a fun show. Great sets, Debra Jo Rupp excellent, moves along quickly.

Don't see it if you want depth of characters. Most are stereotyped. Contrived plot points. Could have been so much better but misses the mark.

96
Sigh!, Must see, Sweet -- what cake isn't?, Heart-warming, It's about more than you think!

See it if you want to be surprised -- this is about much more than confection, and there are several stories being told here, all of which intrigue.

Don't see it if you don't want to open your heart a bit and feel genuine heartfelt emotion. Or if plays about the gay situation are not for you.

Also There was nothing I didn't like about this play, which was surprising ... Read more Read less

78
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if you are a Debra Jo Rupp fan. You can't help but loving her even when she is portraying a HOMO-HATING baker like in this play.

Don't see it if you don't believe EVERYONE has the right to purchase a wedding cake no matter if they are straight or gay.

Also I found this play moving and obviously quite topical. I hope that it m... Read more Read less

79
Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you want a look into the struggles of the southern religious types that are forced to confront their beliefs.

Don't see it if Anti-gay is a trigger for you.

89
Profound, Great staging, Delightful, Cliched, Relevant

See it if I was just really excited to see Debra Jo Rupp and get a selfie, which I did, but, besides that, I was interested in the premise. As someone

Don't see it if On the LGBTQ+ spectrum, of course I'm biased on the whole wedding and cake debates that have occurred. I found it refreshing to see a play

Also Highlight that. There was a decent attempt at showcasing both sides of... Read more Read less

86
Relevant, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Smartly written and very funny; joyously getting to a more or less expected end; superb ensemble cast with wonderful chemistry

Don't see it if Largely predictable; while measured and equal in theory, playwright has an obvious viewpoint

84
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Funny

See it if you want to see a very relevant play about the conflict of loving someone and your religious beliefs. There are some very funny moments also

Don't see it if you do not want to watch another relevant play that reminds you of the times that we are living in.

100
Great writing, Great staging, Relevant, Must see, Funny

See it if you want to see a play that begins with a most wonderful, engaging performance; if you like funny plans that have serious undertones

Don't see it if you are a religious fundamentalist; if you don't want to see a play involving a lesbian relationship

70
Fluffy, Relevant, Great acting, Disappointing, Funny

See it if You want to feel that you’re exploring edgy topics without really doing so. Very funny lead by Rupp, but ultimately doesn’t challenge much.

Don't see it if You have rigid beliefs. The topics are still there—religion, same-sex marriage, etc—just really as entertainment more than good theater.

80
Offbeat, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a play dealing with relevant issues, anchored by a delightful lead performance, & giving voice to conflicting viewpoints.

Don't see it if you aren't open to opinions contrary to your own.

Also This is play is worth seeing just for the opening monologue, which is ... Read more Read less

89
Fresh, Familiar, Sweet, Great acting

See it if no reason not to.

Don't see it if again, no reason not to.

Also the Cake is simultaneously by the numbers and subversive. Familiar, bu... Read more Read less

79
Real, Funny, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if An honest look at the complexity of various relationships beyond just the cake baking decision. Strong performances. Poignant and fun too!

Don't see it if You want a show that is purely light entertainment, although this has its levity also.

77
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Funny

See it if you'd enjoy a relevant play dealing with conflict between love and religious beliefs.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy topics of sexuality and religion.

80
Entertaining, Charming, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You like shows about timely issues

Don't see it if The above

73
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if you want to see a socially relevant play with a strong nuanced female character at the center.

Don't see it if you do not like new work, or socially relevant plays.

95
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you feel that love between same sex people is wrong. This play may just change your mind.

Don't see it if you do not want to think about what the other side's argument is.

Also The play makes you laugh at a topic that really isn't funny. But by th... Read more Read less


March 5th, 2019
"One of those 'issue' plays that goes down easy and leaves you undernourished...Whenever the play allows Della’s contradictions to flower, it feels dramatic, raising usefully unanswerable questions...These are stories that burnish the audience’s progressive credentials without really testing them...
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March 5th, 2019
"Brunstetter's compassionate and nuanced depiction of Della, a woman some might dismiss as a bigot, is 'The Cake's' biggest treat, and Rupp is delectable in the role...If only the rest of the play were so multilayered...Brunstetter is a master at mixing punch lines and sight gags with insightful ...
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March 5th, 2019
"The biggest surprise about 'The Cake' is how sweetly inoffensive it is...Brunstetter isn't particularly interested here in exploiting her topic's incendiary aspects...The play ultimately isn't very thought-provoking, but it's certainly entertaining...It's hard not to wish the playwright had expl...
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March 6th, 2019
"'The Cake' is a play about our changing world that tries to understand every opinion in it, leavening the underlying seriousness with laughs. The comedy only works intermittently. Most of the time, I just wanted to strangle everyone onstage...Eventually, the author’s backbreaking determination t...
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