The Cake is a timely tale; and being timely, it's difficult to do well. (It's hard to hear durable truths through all the momentary noise.) But Brunstetter's work doesn't collapse; and it's no mere confection. It seriously addresses some of our most painful concerns, while allowing us to laugh — and to hope. That's what comedy's about, after all: affirming the hope that somehow we'll get through this. Staring at the angry abyss that has opened in our land, we need it. Thanks to Brunstetter and the folks at Echo Theater Company for taking the time to get it right.