The Cake

The Cake NYC Reviews and Tickets

(149 Reviews)
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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.

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Member Reviews (149)

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250 Reviews | 27 Followers
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

142 Reviews | 19 Followers
Entertaining, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if A charming character played,to perfection, a great supporting cast

Don't see it if You are at,all homophobic,but you're missing out on a delightful show

349 Reviews | 72 Followers
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. Read more

215 Reviews | 37 Followers
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. Read more

1054 Reviews | 430 Followers
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. Read more

96 Reviews | 71 Followers
Refreshing, Funny, Delightful

See it if You want a play that shows both sides of a complex issue. Choosing this woman's point of view was spot on. Debra Jo Rupp was exquisite!

Don't see it if You refuse to watch a story told from a point of view that might conflict with your own. You want the playwright to provide an easy answer. Read more

399 Reviews | 73 Followers
Fresh, Familiar, Sweet, Great acting

See it if no reason not to.

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

289 Reviews | 55 Followers
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 Read more

Critic Reviews (30)

The New York Times
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 against formidable opposition...Della — like 'The Cake' itself, if you can get past its cloying elements — is nevertheless trying to grapple with something quite complex for a comedy."
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Time Out New York
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 sentiment, but she stirs in some unnecessary plot twists. And despite the actors' best efforts, Macy and Della's husband, Tim, mostly come off as two-dimensional mouthpieces."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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 explored the situation in greater depth or given her characters more nuance. But Brunstetter's crowd-pleasing instincts prove spot-on...Rupp's terrific performance is key to the evening's success."
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The Observer
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 to make everyone lovable leads to some happy-ending compromises I found unconvincing...Ultimately doesn’t provide much nutrition to take home...Its values belong in a doggie bag."
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March 5th, 2019

"Brunstetter succeeds in creating compellingly real characters by exposing these contradictions...Rupp gives a fleshy, vulnerable, and deeply sympathetic performance as the Christian baker. On top of that, she's really funny, with near-perfect comic timing...Meadow supports these four excellent performances with a well-paced and handsomely designed production....If I can fault 'The Cake' for anything, it's an almost too-optimistic ending."
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March 6th, 2019

"The conflict between seeing multiple sides of an issue and the insistence that there is only one correct side is the power that fuels Bekah Brunstetter's sweet and provocative multi-layered comedy/drama...An endearing and frequently moving production...If there seems to be a missing ingredient in 'The Cake,' it's because the situation appears to only be about the civil rights issue of purchasing a cake with no mention of the First Amendment."
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Lighting & Sound America
March 13th, 2019

“The tastiest thing by far in ‘The Cake’ is Rupp...Brunstetter has crafted a madly scatterbrained steel magnolia, and Rupp brings her fully to life...A comic sketch, no matter how delightful, does not a play make, however, and ‘The Cake’ is on less solid ground when it turns to other, more serious matters...Still, under Meadow's smooth direction, Rupp opens up to us every step of Della's journey to an appreciation of a world that is far more complicated than she ever imagined.”
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Talkin' Broadway
March 5th, 2019

"A hoot, and also a full, satisfying meal that clings to the ribs well after its hour and a half...Beneath the straightforward narrative, and along with Brunstetter's many comic lines and characters changing the subject when the subject becomes too uncomfortable, is a smart exploration of why, even in a land where so many of us watch the same TV shows and post on the same blogs and social media, we're so radically disunited...'The Cake' is delicious."
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