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  • Cindi Sansone-Braff:
    21 May. 2021
    Unfortunately, I have dined with the likes of Addison and Eleonore on numerous occasions. Booze and bullshit, politics and power, secrets and lies, all these themes come together in this well-paced, well-crafted ten-minute play. A great vehicle for two veteran actors to strut their stuff. Set in a stately mansion in Bethesda, Maryland, the play gets darker and darker, as the two characters get meaner and meaner. Powerful and riveting, this play would mesmerize an audience. Bravo!
  • Philip Middleton Williams:
    10 Apr. 2021
    In the best style of the understated plays by Edward Albee and Harold Pinter, Craig Houk gives us a lesson in what the upper crustaceans really say and think when they think no one else is listening. But even if they were, they don't care. This goes beyond politics and position in society; it is an indictment of a people in power who by any rights shouldn't have it, and it's done to a fine turn in this two-hander.
  • Alice Josephs:
    10 Apr. 2021
    With spare and biting dialogue, a cocktail party proves an apt vehicle for this piece about a pitiless couple pursuing political power. Both in addressing their guests and in their private relationship, they disregard the cost of their ambition to their own marriage, their adopted son moulded in their image and any sense of social conscience, consistency and sanity in this absurdist, even poetic play.
  • Doug DeVita:
    28 Mar. 2021
    Addison and Eleonore are horrible, toxic people, perfectly representing a group of horribly toxic people, and Craig Houk has showcased them in a perfectly pitched play that shines a bright, unforgiving light on these horribly toxic people and their horribly toxic ideas, and the horribly toxic possibility of their return to power. Listen to Craig. He knows what he’s talking about.
  • Lisa Dellagiarino Feriend:
    22 Mar. 2021
    Tethered: Addison & Eleonore is a fascinating look at an older, conservative couple whose (secretly gay) son is about to become a Supreme Court justice. Craig Houk has perfectly captured these two individuals, and the play was made even more interesting by the fact that I just read its companion piece, "Tethered: Edwin & Abigail." I would love to have even more plays in this series. What about Edwin's sons? What about his birth parents? What about the men he sneaks out to meet at night? Plays for all of them! This world is captivating.
  • John Busser:
    9 Mar. 2021
    Craig Houk gives us a look at an unsettling couple, on the eve of their possibly closeted son's Senate confirmation. And shows us in no uncertain terms that although Edwin may be their biological son, they are truly only in love with the money and power that their societal status gives them. Appropriately relevant in these politically turbulent times.

    Read this along with the companion piece, "Tethered: Edwin & Abigail" for another slap in the face.
  • Steven G. Martin:
    11 Feb. 2021
    Read this 10-minute play in tandem with Houk's "Tethered: Edwin & Abigail." The combined portrait of four icy, upper-class, barely-tolerant-of-one-another adults has the scent of well-written Albee. The scent? Well-roasted elitism.

    In "Tethered: Addison & Eleonore," Edwin's 70-something, patrician adoptive parents publicly and savagely reminisce about their son, either due to alcohol or senility. They completely go off the rail, perhaps causing a horrid scene, but then Craig Houk gives Addison one of the best lines of dialogue ever, and things (unfortunately) settle.

    Produce this 10-minute play alongside "Tethered: Edwin & Abigail" for a chilly, bitter, fabulous night of theatre.