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  • Marjorie Bicknell:
    6 Sep. 2021
    Craig Houk, you made me buy your play! That's how much I was enjoying it when I reached the end of the sample. I loved the characters, the pace, the way you mingled time and place to enrich your story. I couldn't stop reading! I imagine this piece would be oh! so much better on stage. It's funny, complex, and sad all at the same time. I hope I get to see it someday!
  • Donald E. Baker:
    29 Jul. 2021
    "Cold Rain" is full of magic, but the most impressive is Craig Houk’s ability to make the supernatural seem perfectly natural. Unlike Shakespeare’s howling wilderness crones, Houk’s three weird sisters are literally the witches next door. They are neither evil nor benign, but when they cast a love spell it has tragic and generational consequences for every person and relationship around them. Houk cunningly constructs the play to reveal each secret, motivation, and detail drip by inexorable drip. The strong characters, story, and atmosphere of "Cold Rain" should provide audiences with a memorable theatrical experience.
  • Ky Weeks:
    28 Apr. 2021
    Magic, suspense, and familial resentment all converge in this play. The way we see scenes separated by time but all coming together to form a narrative are a perfect fit for the characters, whose pasts come rushing at them with dark consequences. The magic in the story is dangerous, and a mirror to the twisted perceptions of legacy that come up in meaningful and complicated ways.
  • Lisa Dellagiarino Feriend:
    20 Apr. 2021
    Oh my goodness! This play is epic! It jumps around in time, telling the story of a spell gone awry (because it's also about WITCHES!) There are mysteries surrounding kids who drowned and a woman who disappeared, and everything slowly gets pieced together as we jump backwards and forwards in time. The characters are all well developed, and each of them, in their own way, is a person who doesn't belong. This play is hard work that looks effortless. So good!
  • Philip Middleton Williams:
    15 Apr. 2021
    This is a story that is a mystery wrapped in magic, connections made through incantations, family rivalries and vengeance, along with the dysfunction that comes when people who think they know each other are casting spells, both magic and very, very real. This story moves back and forth through time leaving seeds and crumbs to pick up in much the same manner as all good mysteries built on fear, reminding me of "The Rimers of Eldritch" by Lanford Wilson. Read this play and absorb the sense of foreboding and inevitable power that comes from knowing there's more here than magic.
  • Daniel Prillaman:
    14 Apr. 2021
    Houk’s play is a beast. Hulking, encompassing, evocative of that special feeling you find in vintage Stephen King, where every word and scene drips world-building of historical proportions. The years long mystery that he slowly reveals is tantalizing and sucks you in until the final pages, and propels us through a cavalcade of family relations that remind us of the timeless truth, we don’t get to choose our family, and they may not always be good people. So can we make better choices than them? Or not?
  • Jarred Corona:
    12 Apr. 2021
    It's been a while since I've read a play that's gripped me so tight and threw me into a space devoid of time, watching, waiting, and caught. COLD RAIN is going to stay with me for a long time. Eventually, I'll come back to learn from it, but for now, I can simply sit in this show in awe. If this show is any indication, then, much like this tantalizing family mystery, Craig Houk is a force to be reckoned with.
  • Doug DeVita:
    9 Mar. 2021
    Epic, sprawling, structurally ambitious, at times wildly funny, at times wildly horrifying, Craig Houk’s COLD RAIN grabs one’s attention from its first lines and keeps it through every twist and turn of its haunting, dark magic-tinged plot. There’s a lot to unpack here, but it stays with you long after you’ve turned the last page (or, I imagine, after you’ve left the theatre), mainly because the characters are so compelling one gets swept up in their individual, interweaving stories.