Reviews of regional theatre and touring shows by Capital Public Radio's Jeff Hudson.


CapRadio Reviews

  • Theatre Review: The Vanishing Point

    Friday, April 18, 2014

    The current show at Sacramento’s California Stage is set in Louisiana bayous. It contrasts an aging Cajun shrimper with his sons. Critic Jeff Hudson reviews The Vanishing Point.

  • Theatre Review: 4000 Miles

    Tuesday, April 01, 2014

    An unusual relationship between a 91-year-old woman and her 21-year-old grandson -- who’s in the midst of a cross-country bicycle trip -- is the focus of this Pulitzer-nominated drama. It glitters with uncommon insights about life and death.

  • Theatre Review: Wrong for Each Other

    Monday, March 24, 2014

    Sacramento’s B Street Theatre has been staging plays by Canadian writer Norm Foster for years. Its current production is a romantic comedy titled “Wrong for Each Other.” Critic Jeff Hudson says the script is less than stellar.

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    Theatre Review: Crazy Horse And Custer

    Monday, December 02, 2013

    The holiday season shows are taking over local stages, but audiences still have a two weeks to see a provocative new play, imagining a conversation in the afterlife between two famous figures at the Battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876.

  • Theatre Review: Detroit

    Friday, November 01, 2013

    When a major city gets stuck in a downward economic spiral, it takes a heavy toll on individuals as well. That’s what audiences experience with this Pulitzer Prize-winning play, which starts out like a domestic comedy but soon takes a tragic turn.

  • Theatre Review: Tell Me On A Sunday

    Monday, October 21, 2013

    Most people know Andrew Lloyd Webber as the composer of big budget, Broadway blockbusters. But Sacramento’s New Helvetia Theater is staging an Andrew Lloyd Webber rarity... a charming, small-scale, one-act show.

  • Theatre Review: Clybourne Park

    Thursday, September 12, 2013

    Sacramento’s Capital Stage is presenting the local premiere of “Clybourne Park,” a recent comedy that won the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award. Critic Jeff Hudson says it’s a remarkable show.

  • Theatre Review: Other Desert Cities

    Friday, September 06, 2013

    Secrets have a way of surfacing eventually. And this new play at Sacramento's B Street Theatre follows one family coming to grips with a long-buried blowup. The drama was a Pulitzer prize finalist last year.

  • Theatre Review: Chicago

    Friday, August 23, 2013

    Crimes committed in the heat of passion and other notorious deeds dominate this retro song-and-dance spectacular that was big on Broadway in the 70's. As this Music Circus production proves, the show hasn’t lost its smirking, scandalous appeal.

  • Theatre Review: The Elaborate Entrance Of Chad Deity

    Friday, August 02, 2013

    Pro wrestling, with its over-the-top characters and colorful costumes, draws huge crowds at giant arenas. Capital Stage presents a humorous take on this larger-than-life form of sports entertainment, exploring its gut-level appeal and contradictions.

  • Theatre Review: Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

    Wednesday, July 24, 2013

    Shakespeare’s comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is famously adaptable, and the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival is presenting a novel interpretation, setting the play in swinging London during the psychedelic 60s.

  • Theatre Review: Venus In Fur

    Wednesday, July 10, 2013

    The new show at Sacramento’s B Street Theatre plumbs the darker aspects of romance in a script that was a Tony nominee for Best Play last year.

  • Theatre Review: The Wizard of Oz

    Tuesday, June 25, 2013

    Cheerful musicals – staged in the round – are a 63-year-old tradition at the Music Circus. Sacramento’s venerable summer series got underway last Friday with a live version of a movie that everybody knows.

  • Theatre Review: Les Miserables

    Monday, June 03, 2013

    The hugely popular musical “Les Misérables” is back in Sacramento on a 25th anniversary tour. Theatre critic Jeff Hudson says this retooled production actually stacks up better than several previous touring versions.

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