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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

  • Review: New Adaptation Of Ibsen's Classic 'Doll's House' Delivers

    November 17, 2015

    Capital Stage's original adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s classic drama “A Doll’s House,” moves the setting from Norway in the 1870s – a distant era for most modern Californians – to a comfy American home in 1948, recalling “Ozzie and Harriet."

  • 'Elf The Musical' A Kitschy Collage Of Christmas Clichés

    November 10, 2015

    Broadway Sacramento is hosting this touring musical based on a holiday film from a dozen years ago. The stage version comes with an additional 40 minutes of song-and-dance numbers. It should also come with a discreet parental advisory.

  • 'Five Lesbians Eating A Quiche' Full To The Brim With Farce

    October 22, 2015

    With it provocative title, “Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche,” you might wonder what the current show at Sacramento’s B Street Theatre is about. Jeff Hudson says this over-the-top comedy falls somewhere between "Dumb and Dumber" and The Three Stooges.

  • 'Mr. Burns,' A Futuristic, Unconventional Show

    September 30, 2015

    The title of this show at Sacramento’s Capital Stage gives you a clue as to its unconventional nature. “Mr. Burns” is a reference to the Simpsons, and “post electric” refers to life in the aftermath of a vast technological breakdown.

  • Brotherly Bond Drives B Street's 'Bars And Measures'

    September 1, 2015

    Sacramento’s B Street Theatre is premiering a new show by rising playwright Idris Goodwin. The play addresses tough, societal issues through the story of two brothers who have taken remarkably different paths in life.

  • Kevin Graft / California Musical Theatre / Facebook

    'Hair' Musical Serves Up Delightful Nostalgia

    August 20, 2015

    Sacramento’s Music Circus series is reviving the 1968 musical “Hair,” replete with young actors wearing love beads distributing flowers to the audience.

  • Joy Strotz / Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

    Theatre Review: "The Fantasticks" Shows Its Age

    August 18, 2015

    The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival is pairing Shakespeare’s tragedy about teenage lovers “Romeo and Juliet” with "The Fantasticks,” a small musical from fifty years ago. It offers a lighter look at romance but hasn't quite stood the test of time.

  • Charr Crail / Music Circus

    Theatre Review: 'West Side Story' Revitalized By Sacramento's Music Circus

    August 6, 2015

    When West Side Story premiered in 1957, with courtship scenes set on fire escapes, critics said the show was contemporary and provocative. After three Music Circus runs in the 60's, it faded from fashion. Now it's back and more relevant than ever.

  • Photo credit: Joy Strotz

    Theatre Review: Tahoe Shakespeare Fest Energizes 'Romeo And Juliet'

    August 5, 2015

    The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival's “Romeo and Juliet” is set not during the Italian Renaissance but after World War I, as Mussolini was seizing power. The beautiful lakeside setting and a riveting sound design add new life to this familiar tale.

  • Alicia Hunt Impresses In 'Grounded,' One-Woman Show At B Street Theatre

    July 29, 2015

    Sacramento’s B Street Theatre offers this tense drama about an Air Force pilot guiding a deadly military drone, half a world away. It's a one-woman play featuring a tour-de-force performance by an actress with local roots.