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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

  • 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.

  • Theatre Review: Twelfth Night

    July 17, 2015

    Audiences have been laughing at Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" since the 1600's, partly because this comedy has people falling helplessly in love and partly because of the shenanigans of Sir Toby Belch, played masterfully in this Davis production.

  • Theatre Review: Uncanny Valley

    July 8, 2015

    If you transfer a complete set of human memories into a robot that looks just like a human, should we regard that robot as a person? That question is central to this futuristic, thought-provoking play at Capital Stage.

  • Theatre Review: Chemical Imbalance

    July 6, 2015

    Audiences have long been fascinated by Robert Louis Stevenson’s respectable Dr. Jekyll, whose secret elixir transforms him into the brutish Mr. Hyde. Jackson's Mainstreet Theatre Works is presenting a comic take on this Victorian-era classic.

  • Theatre Review: My Fair Lady

    June 11, 2015

    Almost everybody feels familiar with the Broadway classic “My Fair Lady,” even if they’ve only seen it on TV. But you haven’t really experienced the show until you’ve seen it live. The current Music Circus production is a great place to start.

  • Theatre Review: The Celebrated Jumping Frog Of Calaveras County

    May 26, 2015

    After Mark Twain visited California’s gold country 150 years ago, Angels Camp became the setting of the tale that launched his career. Now it's on stage for the B Street's Family Series. While not fastidiously faithful to Twain's original, it is fun.

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    Theatre Review: The Homecoming

    May 18, 2015

    British playwright Harold Pinter won the Nobel Prize, but his plays are rarely seen in Sacramento. Now Capital Stage is mounting Pinter’s bleak and controversial comedy “The Homecoming.” It remains as edgy and impressive as ever.

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    Theatre Review: The Pirates Of Penzance

    May 12, 2015

    Long before theaters had electricity, the world went ga-ga for Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance.” The Sacramento Theatre Company is having a go at the old warhorse, proving this venerable operetta can still charm an audience.

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    Theatre Review: Buyer And Cellar

    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.

  • Credit: Barry Wisdom Photography

    Theatre Review: The Whipping Man

    April 8, 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.