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  • Andrew Martineau:
    14 May. 2021
    The intersection of public and private spaces in the political lives of the married couples who inhabit those spaces is revealed in sad, caustic dialogue in this smartly written short drama. How often have we seen the pained expressions of a wife of a politician in the hot seat standing behind him during a televised press conference and wonder what was happening behind closed doors? Craig Houk shows us such a scene with brilliant subtlety. The last line gave me chills. Bravo!
  • Ryan Kaminski:
    11 May. 2021
    A really gripping short play. I love the relationship between the two characters and how Craig Houk saves the big revelations for the final moments. Well done!
  • Alice Josephs:
    11 Apr. 2021
    A judge and his socialite wife sit down to dinner the evening before his political appointment to the Supreme Court. Like its companion piece, Addison & Eleanore, sparely economic dialogue and imagery builds up a dislocated world where ruthless ambition overrides natural human relationships and even gender differences. An intriguing and disturbing piece where superficial proprieties mask violent thoughts and actions.
  • Doug DeVita:
    28 Mar. 2021
    The toxic fruit brought to bear by Addison & Eleonore rots beautifully in this sparkling gem that spotlights the loathsome hypocrisy of a certain political party. Edwin & Abigail, as horrible and toxic as Edwin’s parents, are a special breed of contemporary politicians, and as such are legitimate targets for Houk’s precise blows at their mendacity and gall. What’s especially wonderful is what’s not said, what’s left to percolate between the lines, particularly if you’ve read the equally lethal TETHERED: ADDISON & ELEONORE. Funny and horrifying, these are must read, must produce scripts.
  • Lisa Dellagiarino Feriend:
    22 Mar. 2021
    Oooh I like this short play! Information is released slowly but naturally, building to a very satisfying ending. There's a lot to unpack in this ten minute piece. Now I have to read the companion piece!
  • John Busser:
    9 Mar. 2021
    Edwin and Abigail are living two lives each. The couple they portray to the public who insist on perfection in their elected leaders, and the flawed, miserable human couple who must exist in their own personal hells with each other. On the eve of a Senate confirmation, they must keep the cracks from showing even as Edwin is being accused of a sexual indiscretion. Confessing his true nature might get him off the hook, but could torpedo his chances at confirmation. This is complex, tension-filled and infuriating stuff. It's wonderfully written. Read with "Tethered: Addison & Eleanore" for added depth.
  • Vince Gatton:
    8 Mar. 2021
    The air hangs thick on this tense little dinner scene, with allusions that recall Tennesee Williams at his most aching and Edward Albee at his most darkly absurd. Though clearly inspired by the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, this short drama (especially paired with its companion piece, Tethered: Addison & Eleonore) tells its own twisted story of secrets, lies, power, and behind-the-scenes consequences.
  • Steven G. Martin:
    11 Feb. 2021
    Read this 10-minute play in tandem with Houk's "Tethered: Addison & Eleonore." 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: Edwin & Abigail," the atmosphere is positively poisonous with an overlay of repetitive dialogue, offspring issues, and accusations that land but are never acknowledged. Tomorrow is Edwin's biggest day, and Abigail is not going to let him have an easy night before.

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