The Emotions of Baking (Stage Thoughts: The Cake, Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater)

1531166572_front_image_TheCake-206x270Now is the time of Trump, and now is the time when the Supreme Court has declared that a baker can discriminate against a same-sex couple, giving him the right to refuse to bake a cake for a gay wedding. I personally would not want someone like that to bake my cake anyway but I know that yes it just isn’t right – someone’s hate should not be celebrated, as Trump and the Republicans do. That is where I stand as I enter the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the Geffen Playhouse to watch ‘The Cake,’ a play written by Bekah Brumstetter. I learned from her bio that Brumstetter writes for ‘This Is Us,’ and I am still unsure if that was a good or bad thing.

I liked ‘The Cake.’ It flips the famous Supreme Court Case by having a lesbian couple be rejected by a baker (played by Debra Jo Rupp)  I always say that these case become more ‘human’ when it starts to affect people you know, and that is exactly what happens here. The baker has known one of the brides she childhood, and is desperate to bake her that cake, so we see her internal struggle. But, she also follows the bible and her church, and they are telling her otherwise – that it is a sin to do it.  I can get pretty closed-minded on things, and this play has an appealing actress play someone I normally would not like. So I listen to the other side, and I disagree, and I try to understand her. The play makes the case for civility and common sense, something that is lacking in society nowadays more often than not. There are aspects of the play I disliked – why all the senseless nudity? – but I have to admit it opened my eyes very briefly in understanding ‘the other side.’

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