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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

  • 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.

  • Theatre Review: Kate

    Monday, November 24, 2014

    More than a decade after her death, actress Katherine Hepburn remains a vivid personality. The Sacramento Theatre Company is premiering a play based on Hepburn's life, with noted actress Janis Stevens.

  • Theater Review: Anna Karenina

    Thursday, November 13, 2014

    Sacramento’s Capital Stage is staging an adaptation of a literary classic: Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel “Anna Karenina.” CapRadio's Theatre Critic Jeff Hudson says the elaborately-staged show is a feast for the eye and ear.

  • Theatre Review: Outside Mullingar

    Wednesday, November 05, 2014

    The B Street Theatre is staging an Irish romance written by the man who penned the screenplay for the Oscar-winning “Moonstruck” 27 years ago. Critic Jeff Hudson says John Patrick Shanley still knows how to tell a really good love story.

  • Theatre Review: The Grapes Of Wrath

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    John Steinbeck’s classic novel of poverty and migration marks its 75th anniversary this year. The Sacramento Theater Company is staging a theatrical version of this famous American saga, including new music by Misner and Smith.

  • Theatre Review: Tribes

    Monday, September 15, 2014

    The latest show from Capital Stage is about stormy family relationships, newfound romance, and deafness. Theatre critic Jeff Hudson says it's is one of the best plays he's seen all year.

  • Sound Advice: Fall Concert Season

    Thursday, September 11, 2014

    It's a preview of some of the most anticipated concerts of the fall 2014 season with Capital Public Radio's Arts and Theater Critic Jeff Hudson

  • Charr Crail

    Theatre Review: La Cage aux Folles

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

    Sacramento’s Music Circus is wrapping up its summer season with a revival of “La Cage aux Folles,” a show famous for its colorful costumes worn by male dancers in drag. Jeff Hudson says this 30-year-old musical is more conventional than you think.

  • Theatre Review: The Golden State

    Friday, August 15, 2014

    Writers have been poking fun at selfish, money-hoarding misers for centuries. One classic comedy from the 1600’s by French playwright Moliere is getting a contemporary California update by Main Street Theatre Works in Jackson.

  • Theatre Review: Marat/Sade

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

    In 1964 an edgy play titled “Marat/Sade" - set in a French insane asylum with the Marquis de Sade as a major character – shook up London audiences. California Stage is marking the 50th anniversary of this radical show by mounting a new production.