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Best Performing Arts in Washington DC

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The Studio Theatre

Studio Theatre is a busy venue, renowned for its leadership in the cultural arts neighborhood of 14th Street and as a primary force in the Washington theatrical scene in general. The three 200-seat theaters, the Metheny, the Mead and the Milton, offer strong works by contemporary playwrights such as David Mamet, Athol Fugard and Tom Stoppard. The six or seven plays presented each season in these two spaces assure the Studio's status as among the most productive in the city. In addition, the 50-seat Secondstage allows popular productions to continue their runs, and also provides for experimental plays to be showcased.

Washington DC, DC, United States
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SAX

An evening of bewitching entertainment along with some tantalizing French fare is what awaits you at the Sax. Located in the heart of Washington, this place is open until the late hours of night with a line up of performances that will blow your mind. Guests can expect a variety of acts, including cabaret, burlesque and acrobatics. They also host various events that involve active participation from the guests, like masquerade parties, champagne cocktail hours, burlesque Sunday brunches and more.

Washington DC, DC, United States
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Warner Theatre

Built in 1924, the Warner has long been a respected part of theater life in downtown Washington. Housed in an imposing building, it underwent an extensive USD10 million restoration in 1992. The intricately decorated vaulted ceilings and rich brown-and-rose interiors contribute to the lavish rococo decor. The Warner Theatre is one of a small number of venues in the city that present theatrical productions with a national reputation. This is where Washingtonians are likely to see touring Broadway plays and musicals. Some musical tours also stop at the Warner.

Washington DC, DC, United States
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District of Columbia Arts Center

Two theater companies, Theatre Conspiracy and Fraudulent Productions, have their home in this arts center in Adams-Morgan. With their offbeat and frequently controversial exhibits, both companies are known for experimental theater in the style of "off-off-Broadway." Theatre Conspiracy features cutting-edge feminist works with a focus on women and their roles in society. Plays by experimental but firmly established writers such as Peter Handke, Guenter Grass and Karel Capek have also been staged here.

Washington DC, DC, United States
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Shakespeare Theatre Company - Michael R. Klein Theatre

Considered one of the best Shakespeare companies in the country, this resident troupe originated at the esteemed Folger Shakespeare Library, where it performed in the lovely but minuscule replica of an Elizabethan theater. The successful move to this gracious 450-seat space testifies to the company's strong appeal to Washington audiences. Among the most popular of the company's special events are the free summer performances of Shakespeare at Carter Barron, an outdoor stage in Rock Creek Park and its Shakespeare festival, performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Washington DC, DC, United States
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John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

The Kennedy Center is a must-see for any visitor. The center consists of Concert Hall, Eisenhower Theater, Family Theater, KC Jazz Club, Opera House, Terrace Theater and the Theater Lab, which show productions that include plays, operas, ballets, concerts and films. Among the center's highlights include the Shakespeare Festival produced by the Shakespeare Theatre. Free tours introduce visitors to the Hall of States, Hall of Nations, the main theaters and gifts from many countries honoring the 35th president.

Washington DC, DC, United States
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Folger Theatre

A part of the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Folger Theatre presents performances of the classic plays that are part of the library's collection. Of course there are performances of Shakespeare's plays, as well as productions of other classics written during the Elizabethan period. The space itself is very intimate, meaning that every seat in the house is a great one.

Washington DC, DC, United States
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Arena Stage - Mead Center

Since 1950, Arena Stage has been a primary player in the cultural life of Washington and one of the strongest regional theaters in the country. Its highly respected resident company performs a variety of stage productions, from Moliere to the Marx Brothers, as well as significant contemporary works. Arena Stage has three distinct venues: the "in-the-round" Fichlander Stage; the Kreeger with a proscenium stage and the Old Vat Room with a cabaret-style atmosphere. The theater is located near the southwest waterfront and several fine seafood restaurants.

Washington DC, DC, United States
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Atlas Performing Arts Center

The Atlas Performing Arts Center is a complete complex boasting theaters, studios, stages, dressing rooms, a cafe and a production space. With 60,000 square feet of space the center has its own theater and dance company, orchestra and choral group. Art has found a place to live and breathe here in Washington.

Washington DC, DC, United States
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Music Center at Strathmore

The Music Center at Strathmore is a cultural and entertainment hub in North Bethesda, Maryland. This concert hall hosts shows for a variety of events. It first opened in 2005 and it is not just a music venue but also provides education in music. With a wide range of musical concerts from jazz to rock, there is something for every music lover.

North Bethesda, MD, United States
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