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  • Jim Lunsford:
    14 May. 2021
    Craig Houk’s, Lost in Place: Teddy & Hank, like all great art, is both immediate and timeless. An uplifting story of two neighbors who have never met, both exquisitely distinctive and beautifully human, now living in a shared and challenging circumstance. It is an unsettling reality that each of them views from their own side of the street. Houk delivers characters who are at once powerfully resolute and painfully fragile. And when one of them musters the courage to cross the road, we are reminded that there is always much more that binds us together than separates us.
  • Rachael Carnes:
    11 Apr. 2021
    You can't pick your neighbors, and Houk's tender, funny relatable play-inside-a-pandemic so encapsulates the way in which the people we may share a building or block with, have become important, like a small village. I'll chat with anyone now! I guess I'm the Teddy: Always trying to help? Not sure it's helping? Still, when I take the longview of this street, we haven't lost anyone, except Jodi. She was our Hank and it was her time. Houk's play captures how I've been feeling, with prescient charm. Also: Craig, your landing page illustration = Next Level. #goals
  • Toby Malone:
    8 Apr. 2021
    A really nicely realized character study that never takes the easy choice by making one side or the other 'wrong': neighbors are people and people have differing opinions. During a pandemic, everything is heightened and elongated. This is a sweet piece that exposes both men in more ways than you'd expect. Nicely done.
  • Jacquelyn Floyd-Priskorn:
    5 Apr. 2021
    The fences are up between these neighbors, but as the planks are pulled away, we see more than how they keep their yards. Their very souls are on the line. Hank definitely comes across as an unlikeable, horrible neighbor. But when he hears Teddy's story, he offers a glimmer of support that humanizes him. But I couldn't help but scream inside when Teddy accepted to share his drink. In a pandemic?! It was actually a cliffhanger of an ending with that acceptance between the two. Loved it, and worried for poor sweet Teddy!
  • Philip Middleton Williams:
    3 Apr. 2021
    The engagement of these two contrary characters -- neighborly Teddy and cranky Hank -- could be a set-up for a battle of wills and a theatrical polemic: all the ingredients are there. But that would be a shallow and short-sighted way to send a message, and that isn't even the point of this gentle but impactful play. What starts as a guarded conversation soon gives us insight to each of them, and in a world where trust and closeness comes at a very real price, Craig Houk asks us to decide if it is worth it.