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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: Classic Conan Doyle With 'The Hound Of The Baskervilles'

    April 27, 2016

    We have television’s modernized version of detective Sherlock Holmes. But it’s classic Conan Doyle on stage now at the Sacramento Theatre Company with their production of “The Hound of the Baskervilles.”

  • Theatre Review: Plenty Of Laughs In Culture Clash Comedy 'Chinglish'

    April 18, 2016

    Community Asian Theater of the Sierra, or CATS, is staging this raucous comedy in which mutual misunderstandings complicate a deal between a desperate American businessman and his affluent Chinese hosts. Funny? Yes. Timely? Definitely.

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    Theatre Review: Blackberry Winter Conveys Challenges For Alzheimer’s Caregivers

    April 1, 2016

    ‘Blackberry Winter’ is playing at Capital Stage in Sacramento. It’s described as a beautiful, heartbreaking story about a woman caring for her mother who has Alzheimer's Disease. Critic Jeff Hudson says it has moments of unexpected wit and humor.

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    Sound Advice With Jeff Hudson

    March 3, 2016

    Theater critic Jeff Hudson previews Spring Concerts in the region in Sound Advice.

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    Theatre Review: B Street Breathes New Life Into 'Frankenstein'

    February 29, 2016

    The B Street Theatre’s Family Series is staging a new adaptation of “Frankenstein.” The show bypasses Hollywood cliches in favor of the source – Mary Shelley’s trailblazing novel from the 1800's.

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    Theatre Review: Echo Location

    February 18, 2016

    When a woman leaves a man, her new boyfriend breaks into the old boyfriend's house to get her stuff and accidentally kills his pet, is the “ex” entitled to restitution? That's the question explored in this new comedy at Sacramento's B Street Theatre.

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    Bassoonist Takes Center Stage With Stockton Symphony

    January 21, 2016

    As a member of the Stockton Symphony, bassoonist Nicolasa Kuster usually sits toward the back with her fellow woodwind players. But this weekend, she moves to center stage as a soloist to perform Peter Schikele's Bassoon Concerto.

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    A New Meaning To 'Driving Miss Daisy'

    January 20, 2016

    Many people fondly recall “Driving Miss Daisy.” The play won a Pulitzer Prize in 1988, and the movie received four Oscars. Now, some three decades later, This Sacramento Theatre Company revival carries a new kind of resonance.

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    'The Behavior Of Broadus' A Mixture Of Fact, Fantasy

    December 21, 2015

    For the first time in its ten-year history, Sacramento’s Capital Stage has mounted a musical. “The Behavior of Broadus” is a sassy mix of stylish song-and-dance numbers, bawdy humor and serious psychology, making for an unusual night out.

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    Handle With Care: A Charming Twist To The Holiday Play

    December 16, 2015

    Sacramento’s B Street Theatre is presenting this romantic comedy about a man and woman from different continents, who discover shared family connections. It's a charming alternative to the more traditional, holiday fare.