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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. Ticket prices vary, depending on the venue and performance time.

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.

William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center

For some slamming tennis action, head to the Fitzgerald Tennis Center. You'll find up-coming stars practicing on these courts. In addition, the venue is home to the prestigious Legg Mason Tennis Classic tournament. The tournament attracts some of the biggest names in tennis and takes place every year in August.

District of Columbia Arts Center

Two theater companies, Theatre Conspiracy and Fraudulent Productions, have their home in this arts center in Adams-Morgan. Like the District of Columbia Arts Center, with its 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. Fraudulent Productions is one of the least conventional theater companies in town and offers distinctly avant-garde performances. Plays by experimental but firmly established writers such as Peter Handke, Guenter Grass and Karel Capek have also been staged here.

Octagon Museum

The eight-sided, 19th-century home of John Tayloe III, a wealthy contemporary of early US presidents, offers an interesting glimpse into both history and architecture. President Madison resided here after the White House was burned in the War of 1812. The Treaty of Ghent was signed in the Octagon's study at the war's end. Architectural exhibits are integrated into the fine house with its period furnishings. The building itself is a masterpiece, designed by William Thornton, the architect of the U.S. Capitol and other high points of Federal-era Washington.

DC Improv

DC Improv books local and national comedians; several comic giants, including Robin Williams, Jerry Seinfeld and Rosie O'Donnell, have brought the house down. This is a large club, with over 50 tables scattered in front of the stage. Shows often sell out, especially for national acts, so it is wise to buy tickets in advance. The menu includes items such as salads and Mexican entrees. Beer, wine and cocktails are available as well.

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