Reviewed by Amanda Cooper
There is no question; sweets (as in desserts) are a large part of our American culture. And we certainly love to celebrate special occasions – from birthdays to holidays – with cake. So cake is a natural connector for writer/performer Jonathan Pereira’s performance piece, American Cake, which centers around American culture. It's an entertaining show, and Pereira’s onstage affect, in its dorky earnestness, is fun and even appealing. In fact, there are many laughs to be had throughout this short show. But ultimately, this performance lacks a clear identity. American Cake is part play, part stand-up routine. Pereira doesn’t so much flow from plot-point to plot point, but from life/cake story, to other life/cake commentary. As a result, the serious moments in the show come across as disjointed, and a specific point of view is unclear. Sure, the onstage cake, which slowly becomes more and more mutilated throughout the event, is a hoot (and a good way to be put off eating cake for some time), and perhaps even a commentary on our country’s warped obsession with celebrations. But what sticks in my memory a few days later? Not much. Oh, except cake.
Shows Sat, Mar 8 @ 8:30pm, Sun Mar 9 @ 7:00pm
The Kraine Theater
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