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Jeff Hudson

Contributing Arts Reporter and Theatre Critic

Jeff Hudson's interest in theater developed during his youth and really took off while he was attending UC Santa Barbara in the '70s. There he met playwright Tom Stoppard, Oregon Shakespeare Festival founder Angus Bowmer, and several actors who were then members of the Royal Shakespeare Company, including Patrick Stewart, Ben Kingsley and Ian Richardson. After graduation, Jeff spent several months in England, attending as many plays and concerts as possible.

During the '80s and early '90s, Jeff worked as a journalist in the Monterey Bay Area, covering the Shakespeare Santa Cruz festival, El Teatro Campesino, the Cabrillo Music Festival, the Carmel Bach Festival, and the Carmel Music Society. He interviewed a long list of luminaries including Lou Harrison, John Adams, Philip Glass, Arvo Pärt, Bruno Weil, Sanford Sylvan, Frederica von Stade, and Richard Stoltzman.

Jeff got his start in radio hosting a classical/20th Century music show at NPR affiliate KUSP in Santa Cruz. In 1989, he had "front row seats" for the Loma Prieta Earthquake, riding out the temblor amidst heavy damage in downtown Watsonville. A few days later, he and his wife (then five months pregnant) received the surprising news that they would soon become the parents of twins.

During 1994, the Hudsons went to Japan for a year on a sister city exchange program, living in lettuce-growing village of Kawakami, high in the snowy mountains of Nagano Prefecture. After returning to California, the family settled in the Sacramento area, where Jeff became an arts correspondent with Capital Public Radio in 1995. A prolific free-lance writer, Jeff has also written articles for the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury, Sacramento Bee, Sacramento News & Review, Sierra Magazine, Comstock's Business Magazine, and many others.

    Stories by Jeff Hudson

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    Theatre Review: Buyer And Cellar

    Tuesday, April 21, 2015

    A new comedy at the B Street Theatre is a one-man show about an unemployed actor hired to staff a boutique inside the Malibu estate of Barbra Streisand -- she is the only customer.

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    Theatre Review: The Whipping Man

    Tuesday, April 07, 2015

    This rugged, small-cast drama at the Sacramento Theatre Company is set immediately after the Civil War. The play thrusts the viewer into one of the most painful moments in American history, making it both compelling and emotionally charged.

  • Charr Crail

    Theatre Review: Rapture, Blister, Burn

    Tuesday, March 24, 2015

    When people reach middle age, they sometimes wonder what life would have been like if they’d made different choices in their 20s. The women in this play reflect frankly on men, money and motherhood – and whether it’s advisable to enjoy all three.

  • Theatre Review: Oblivion

    Tuesday, March 17, 2015

    Life with a teenager can give the parents fits – teenagers want privacy and autonomy; parents want their teens to be honest about their activities. But sometimes the parents don’t hold themselves to the same standard, which is the crux of this play.

  • Theatre Review: Julius Caesar

    Monday, March 09, 2015

    Perhaps the most famous line in Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” is the baleful warning “Beware the Ides of March.” And appropriately, the Sacramento Theater Company is staging a contemporary interpretation this classic tragedy this month.

  • Learning To Fly With The Sacramento Ballet

    Thursday, February 12, 2015

    With their incredible leaping ability and graceful movements, ballet dancers sometimes look like they're flying. This weekend, some members of the Sacramento Ballet will... thanks to help from a wire, stagehands and three days of training.

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    Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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    Theatre Review: Ideation

    Monday, February 09, 2015

    What happens when highly-paid consultants get hired for a top secret project then realize the plan they're devising could kill thousands, even millions of people? That’s the dilemma in this dark psychological comedy with a wickedly sharp edge.

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    Theatre Review: The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence

    Sunday, January 25, 2015

    The B Street Theatre is mounting this critically-acclaimed trip through time. It's an entertaining play, according to theatre critic Jeff Hudson. It's also a bit unusual as the lead character, Watson, is not the star but history's perennial sidekick.

  • Theatre Review: A Trio Of Holiday Shows

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

    Three of Sacramento’s professional theater companies have rolled out their holiday shows, which combine a bit of the new with a healthy helping of the tried and true.