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  • DC Cathro:
    15 Jun. 2021
    Familial relationships are like snowflakes, and Houk dives deep into this mother and son in just a few pages. Pointed and bordering on combative, with an undercurrent of unspoken love, this short piece hits the right notes. Houk has a natural way with dialogue that feels almost voyeuristic, and that’s a high compliment.
  • Greg Hatfield:
    31 May. 2021
    It's a tight little play and hits the mark spot-on. Very relatable and good realistic dialogue that doesn't try to get preachy.
  • Matt Cogswell:
    29 May. 2021
    Craig Houk creates interesting characters in this brief dark comedy. The mother in this piece spews vile in the name of concern for her youngest son, who is delightfully snarky in his responses. It is a fun piece that doesn't sentimentalize an experience but rather simply presents one.
  • Rachael Carnes:
    22 May. 2021
    a delightfully warm and relatable two-hander, with a great role for a mature woman, and a college-age man. Houk's breezy dialogue deftly crafts multifaceted characters, in breathtaking speed, in this dynamic, heartfelt convo. A lovely addition to any short play festival.
  • Toby Malone:
    12 May. 2021
    It's nice to live in a world where a character can be much more fazed about the idea of "coming out" to his parents as a theatre major than he is about coming out as gay. In this gently humorous two-hander, Craig Houk explores the idea of bias and what we internalize, and while it takes a sharp turn into territory that could be problematic, it is nicely resolved with a snappy, understanding ending. Nice work.
  • Robert Weibezahl:
    23 Apr. 2021
    So many have had some version of this phone call from hell but Houk infuses it with so much elliptical wit and sly wisdom that he takes us by surprise at every turn. This short gem would work equally well either staged or as an audio drama.
  • Elisabeth Giffin Speckman:
    13 Apr. 2021
    This play ends with a surprising, and welcome, twist that charms and helps make its serious subject matter more lighthearted. This play would fit in well in a festival of short plays.
  • D. Lee Miller:
    12 Apr. 2021
    Craig Houk's assured hand brings us a play we think we know until we don't -- with three dimensional characters. He knows how to build tension most especially because he rides right into what we think is the plot - He ducks nothing. It is a real play featuring a real challenge. I look forward to reading more of his work. And seeing it!
  • Jacquelyn Floyd-Priskorn:
    9 Apr. 2021
    This feels very real, even though it is kind of funny. Mom thinks she's being super supportive but at least her son knows exactly who she is and how she might react to his news. I think Andy might be someone I already know and love anyway! Just a delightful conversation, very real, a snapshot of a meaningful moment that will open up conversations for sure!
  • Cam Torres:
    3 Apr. 2021
    The slew of recommendations on this play is a clear indication of its brilliance. Houk is somehow able to boil down a complex relationship and dynamic, three dimensional characters into a five page script. This play would be a wonderful addition to any short play festival!

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