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STALKING THE BOGEYMAN: Fantastic Review of the Harrowing Tale, featuring BMEG’s Noel Hodda

Neil Gooding (Director) presents STALKING THE BOGEYMAN, David Holthouse and Markus Potter’s stage adaptation of Holthouse’s very personal story of being a victim of childhood rape, with care and confronting clarity. Based on Holthouse’s article with the same title first published in Westword on 13 May 2004, this production presented by Neil Gooding Productions and New York Rep gives a first hand account of the damage of childhood sexual assault and having to keep it a secret for 25 years.

As Holthouse’s parents Nancy and Robert, Deborah Jones and Noel Hodda capture the quintessential American couple wanting to fit in and make friends in their new hometown in in the Chugiak,outside of Anchorage Alaska. Both ensure that David’s parents are seen as caring and compassionate people that want to protect their son but also having an innocence so that the thought that their friend’s son could be hurting their child never crosses their mind. Hodda’s expression of Robert’s moment with a young David playing catch before bed is heartbreaking as the father has no idea why his child is hurting so much and Jones’ portrayal of a fiercely protective mother once the truth is unveiled is brilliant in her control and underlying anger as she finishes her call to her former friends with “I hope your son eventually gets caught and spends the rest of his life getting raped in prison”.

FULL REVIEW by Jade Kops

Noel Hodda and Deborah Jones as Robert and Nancy Holthouse (Photo: John Marmaras)
Noel Hodda and Deborah Jones as Robert and Nancy Holthouse (Photo: John Marmaras)

Presented by Neil Gooding Productions in association with Redline Productions, this production will run from May 23 to June 23 at the Old Fitz Theatre.