Same-Sex Marriage

A Christian conservative baker, a gay wedding and the smart, funny play 'The Cake'

A Christian conservative baker, a gay wedding and the smart, funny play 'The Cake'

What does it say about us when that quintessential symbol of union and hope — the wedding cake — becomes a flashpoint in the culture war?

Bekah Brunstetter’s new dramedy, “The Cake,” grapples with this irony in a timely, superbly cast debut staging from Echo Theater Company, just as a legal case centered on a gay wedding cake has resurfaced in the news.

As in Brunstetter’s previous plays, and the hit series “This Is Us” (on which she serves as writer and co-producer), “The Cake” explores human conflict from an insightful, slightly offbeat perch with understanding, respect and compassion for opposing points of view — and without dumbing down or sentimentalizing its...

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