Rave Reviews for “The Cake”

RECOMMENDEDSTAGE RAW TOP 10… a singularly savory dramedy that crystallizes a contentious issue and, with empathy for both sides, portrays it in an edifying and insightful way… I left the theater feeling moved and enlightened.” — Deborah Klugman, Stage Raw

A WINNING RECIPE… Start with Brunstetter’s witty, relationship-focused script on very timely, hot-button issues of today; generously add a talented cast of actors (led by the most delicious Debra Jo Rupp); mix well with Jennifer Chambers’ sure-handed direction; and top off with perfectly synchronized and fitting technical elements… A MUST SEE” — Gil Kaan, Broadway World

PACKS A PUNCH… sensitive portrayals of very human characters for whom there are no glib or easy solutions… personal and believable… considerable humor” — Melinda Schupmann, Arts In LA

SMART, FUNNYexplores human conflict from an insightful, slightly offbeat perch with understanding, respect and compassion for opposing points of view” — Philip Brandes, Los Angeles Times

THOUGHTFUL AND HEARTFELT… nuanced writing and a brilliant performance from Rupp” — Erin Conley, On Stage and Screen

CHARMINGENDEARING… a good play” — Anthony Barnes, KCRW 89.9 FM

RECOMMENDED… well written… touching… entertaining… I couldn’t take my eyes off Rupp” — Tony Frankel, Stage and Cinema

BRILLIANT… a strikingly lovely play, never condescending to its characters, very funny… [Debra Jo Rupp] gives a master class in comic timing with her Della: subtle, wise, fast-moving, never faltering, which makes her anguish all the more palpable… boldly attacks the issues of the day… SEE IT NOW” — Dale Reynolds, EDGE

REFRESHING, MAGICAL AND URGENTLY INSIGHTFUL.. hilariously biting… smartly presented and beautifully acted by this precision cast of exceptionally talented and fiercely committed players” — Travis Holder, TicketHoldersLA

FUNNY AND TOUCHING… a bittersweet confection that humanizes all parties in the conversation… DON’T MISS IT.” — Eric Gordon, Peoples World

CLEVERLY WRITTEN… seriously addresses some of our most painful concerns, while allowing us to laugh — and tohope… Thanks to Brunstetter and the folks at Echo Theater Company for taking the time to get it right.” — Mark Hein,Theatre Ghost

SO VERY SUCCESSFUL”  David MacDowell Blue, The World Through Night-Tinted Glasses

BRILLIANTPOWERFUL AND MEANINGFUL great writing… great direction… a truly top flight team of actors… abundant wit and humor.” —Ron Irwin, LA Post-Examiner

WOW!... puts a deeply personal, delightfully down-home face on the Gay-Wedding-Cake Wars… I cried, I learned, I loved” — Steven Stanley,Stage Scene LA

SUPERB a ninety-minute wonder spiked with moments of high hilarity as well as scenes of ripe emotion that sear the heart.. Debra Jo Rupp in a performance of purest gold.” — Paul Myrvold, Theatre Notes

POPPIN’ FRESH” — Michael Sheehan, On Stage Los Angeles