REVIEW: Cakewalk is a welcome slice of life, humour

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The return of Cakewalk to the Blyth Festival stage is a welcome slice of life and humour that is both unique to rural Ontario and universal at the same time, writes Shawn Loughlin, of The Citizen.

Written by celebrated playwright Colleen Curran, the show premiered at the Blyth Festival in 1984. It would be remounted two years later as part of the 1986 season. For this season’s production, director Kelli Fox and her creative team truly lean into the 1980s for both the decade’s inspiration and nostalgia. Audiences are delightfully whisked back to an era before cell phones and iPads – the rarely-seen dinosaur of a pay phone even makes an appearance, he writes.

Billed as a comedic dive into the cutthroat world of small-town cake-baking competitions, Cakewalk comes flying out of the gate and continues at the same breakneck pace until the show ends, only pausing for intermission. The show takes place entirely in one room where contestants with last names beginning with the first three letters of the alphabet are stationed, along with their cakes, waiting to enter them into the town’s Canada Day cakewalk. Because of the setting, there are no scene transitions in the entire play, so the show can truly consistently build on momentum from start to finish with no breaks.

Read the full review online.

Photo: Cakewalk, a delicious comedy that returns to the Blyth Festival stage after runs in 1984 and 1986, is on stage until Aug. 10. Rebecca Auerbach and Rachel Jones are among the very funny cast. Creative team includes: playwright Colleen Curran, director Kelli Fox, set and costume designer Laura Gardner, lighting designer Louise Guinand, sound designer Verne Good. Stage management by Christine Oakey and Daniel Oulton. Photo credit: Terry Manzo.