The 2012 incident in Lakewood Colorado, when the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop denied the request of a gay couple for a wedding cake, spawned not only a landmark Supreme Court decision upholding "religious expression" but also a good slice of satire and rage against self-righteous faith-based intolerance.
The core issues of that controversy have a long way to go before they are resolved. Once again, however, theatre steps in to light a candle in the darkness.
THE CAKE rises to perfection in Stray Cat Theatre's current production, baked with exacting precision and balance by director Katie McFadzen, and seasoned with outstanding performances by Jodie Weiss, Megan Holcomb, Racquel McKenzie, and Christopher Haines.
The wisdom of Brunstetter's work is to transform the impasse between old friends into breakthroughs of perception and ultimately alterations in attitude. The result are riveting moments of poignancy, tempered with humor and tears.