Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

Linda Hodges

Linda Hodges Linda Hodges is a theatre reviewer and playwright who’s been covering the vibrant San Francisco Bay Area theater scene since 2009. She got her start at Broadway Magazine but soon found her true home at BroadwayWorld where she is the senior theatre critic. Highlights include interviewing Stephen Schwartz, Rupert Holmes, Rita Moreno, Betty Buckley, Melissa Manchester and more.

A dedicated theater aficionado, Linda first became involved in the dramatic arts while in college, becoming one of the first “techies” at her school to be voted into Delta Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society. She holds a Master of Theological Studies degree from Pacific School of Religion and maintains that theater, at its best, is a religious experience!




MOST POPULAR ARTICLES

LAST 30 DAYS LAST 365 DAYS
Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON at San Jose Center For The Performing Arts
November 24, 2022

What did our critic think of THE BOOK OF MORMON at San Jose Center For The Performing Arts?

Review: DISNEY'S FROZEN at Orpheum
November 23, 2022

What did our critic think of DISNEY'S FROZEN at Orpheum?

Review: AIN'T TOO PROUD: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS at Golden Gate Theater, San Francisco
November 13, 2022

What did our critic think of AIN’T TOO PROUD: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS at Golden Gate Theater, SF?

Review: CATS at San Jose Center For The Performing Arts
September 22, 2022

What did our critic, Linda Hodges think of CATS at San Jose Center For The Performing Arts?

Review: HARPER LEE'S TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD at Golden Gate Theatre
September 18, 2022

What did our critic, Linda Hodges, think of HARPER LEE'S TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD at Golden Gate Theatre, SF?

Review: MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL at Orpheum Theatre
September 14, 2022

What did our critic think of MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL at Orpheum Theatre? Sometimes a show happily checks all the boxes for a satisfying performance, but then there is that rare creature that rises above the rest to so thoroughly dazzle, delight and enchant theatergoers that it leaves an indelible imprint on their minds forever. And what is the show? Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Moulin Rouge! The Musical, a jukebox musical like no other. Prepare to be dazzled! Playing now through November 6, BroadwaySF's Moulin Rouge! The Musical will take your breath away. 

Review: ROGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S OKLAHOMA! at Golden Gate Theatre, San Francisco
August 20, 2022

What did our critic think of ROGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S OKLAHOMA! at Golden Gate Theatre, San Francisco?

Review: THE LION KING at Broadway San Jose
August 5, 2022

What did our critic think of THE LION KING at Broadway San Jose?

Review: COME FROM AWAY at Broadway San Jose
July 18, 2022

What did our critic think of COME FROM AWAY at Broadway San Jose? Broadway San Jose's Come From Away is far and away a show of delight, laughter, pathos and altogether great story-telling. The show - with book, music and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein - 'tells the true story of 38 planes and almost 7,000 passengers from around the world that were diverted to the small community of Gander, Newfoundland on September 11, 2001, doubling its population in an instant.' Using a documentary theater approach, Sankoff and Hein drew from interviews with the people of Gander and 'the plane people,' as they affectionately came to be called, to craft their loving, hugely funny and deeply touching show.

Review: THE PROM at Golden Gate Theatre
June 26, 2022

What did our critic think of THE PROM at Golden Gate Theatre?

BWW Review: DEAR EVAN HANSEN at Broadway San Jose
June 10, 2022

What did our critic think of DEAR EVAN HANSEN at Broadway San Jose? 

BWW Review: HADESTOWN Is Out-Of-This-World Spectacular at BroadwaySF's Orpheum Theatre
June 9, 2022

What did our critic Linda Hodges think of HADESTOWN at Orpheum Theatre? Right now, before reading the rest of this review, go online and buy your BroadwaySF tickets for Hadestown before the show sells out. It is that good. Playing now through July 3, 2022, Hadestown is song and story woven together then ripped apart and put back together again, all conspiring to grip your heart. And grip your heart it will.

BWW Review: TOOTSIE at Broadway San Jose
April 21, 2022

Tootsie made its Northern California premiere at San Jose's Center for the Performing Arts and will be there now through April 24. With a Tony-winning book by Robert Horn, and with music and lyrics by the clever David Yazbek (The Band's Visit, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) Tootsie garnered eleven Tony nominations, two wins and much acclaim, as well as pointed critique centered on transmisogyny. There are other problems as well.

BWW Review: Broadway San Jose's Limited Run of RENT is Glorious
April 9, 2022

Broadway San Jose's limited run of Jonathan Larson's RENT is a glorious time of raw-energy rock, as well as a heartrending reminder to measure your life in love. Billed as the 'Farewell Tour,' supposedly being the final time the original Michael Greif staging will travel North America, the show packs up its bags after Sunday, April 10 - and you do not want to miss it.

BWW Review: RENT Dazzles at BroadwaySF: Here's to Jonathan Larson's Vision and the Artists that Bring It to Life!
December 5, 2021

For twenty-five years, Jonathan Larson’s RENT has inspired audiences to choose love over fear and to live without regret. But perhaps just as importantly, this Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning phenomenon celebrates artists and the raw courage and commitment they evince in daring to pursue their craft – almost always in a community of like-minded misfits, non-conformists and crazies. -- Linda Hodges

BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY SINGS AT BROADWAY SAN JOSE at Broadway San Jose
November 26, 2021

It’s 1962 and perky, pretty and plump teen Tracy Turnblad has dance moves that will never be seen unless she can find a way to get on the local teen dance show, “The Corny Collins Show.” Niki Metcalf shines as the effervescent, strong and kind Tracy Turnblad who dares to cross boundaries (she’s often in detention for her big hair-don’t) to stay true to herself. Playing now thru November 28th at Broadway San Jose, there’s still time to get your tickets and be carried away on dance wave of laughter and music from a phenomenal show with a stellar cast. Review by Linda Hodges

BWW Review: Mask UP! HAMILTON Lights Up the Stage as Live Theatre Returns to Broadway San Jose
October 16, 2021

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s HAMILTON triumphantly took the stage at Broadway San Jose, returning to a changed world - as the masked patrons showing proof of vaccination at the door attested to. But more than that, in the intervening years since Miranda and his intrepid band of brothers (Alex Lacamoire, Andy Blankenbuehler and Thomas Kail) created the sound, look and feel of the nation’s origin story, the country today has undergone seismic shifts of great magnitudes.

BWW Review: THE LAST SHIP STARRING STING at Golden Gate Theatre
February 29, 2020


BWW Review: THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL at Golden Gate Theatre
February 15, 2020


BWW Review: WAITRESS SERVES UP PIE AND PASSION at Broadway San Jose
December 19, 2019

BWW Review: WAITRESS SERVES UP PIE AND PASSION at Broadway San Jose, now thru Dec. 22