At the end of a relationship, after all the water and food has run out and there’s nothing left to keep you moving, somebody has to pull the trigger. Somebody has to say, “I want out.” Pulling the trigger can be hard. Sometimes you play games trying to make the other person pull the trigger. But, eventually, it has to end.
Alan Friel’s Cake explores cultural differences between two lesbians set against a post-apocalyptic nowhere. They’re at the end of the line, and somebody has to do something for either of them to survive. It comes down to the last slice of cake and whether you’re entitled to it or not. Of course, whether you feel entitled to that last slice of cake may have to do with societal programming.