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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

  • Jacqueline Rocamora / Stockton Symphony

    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.

  • Sacramento Theatre Company / Barry Wisdom Photography

    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.

  • Charr Crail / Capital Stage

    '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.

  • Courtesy / B Street Theatre

    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.

  • 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.