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Best Performing Arts in Washington DC

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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.

The Atlas Performing Arts Center is a complete complex boasting theaters, studios, stages, dressing rooms, a café and a production space. With 60,000 square feet of space the center has its own theater and dance company, orchestra and choral group. It is housed in historic theater and is home to many art organizations too. It is definitely a place for performing arts to live and thrive in Washington DC.

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.

The Kennedy Center is a lively space that hosts performing arts and events. The center offers three main theaters including, Concert Hall, Eisenhower Theater, and Opera House, which hosts different genres of performing arts: such as plays, operas, ballets, concerts, and films. Among the center's highlights include festivals of various genres. The center is also home to one of the few open-air rooftop terraces, open for visitors to enjoy the panoramic view of the city. Free tours introduce visitors to the Hall of States, Hall of Nations, and the main theaters. It is a must-see for any visitor.

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.

Built in 1924, the Warner has long been a respected part of downtown Washington’s bustling entertainment scene. Housed in an imposing building, the theatre draws Broadway enthusiasts from all around the country. The theatre’s intricately decorated vaulted ceilings and richly bedecked interiors contribute to its lavish rococo décor. A host of reputed theatrical productions add to the allure of the theatre, routinely inviting Washingtonians for a visual treat. Broadways, musicals, concerts and shows, no matter the event, Warner Theatre has got you covered for all.

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 the night, with a line-up of performances that will blow your mind. The décor is a blend of modern luxury and classic elegance. Crystal chandeliers glitter overhead, while sleek leather booths make you feel at ease and allow you to enjoy the show. You can expect a variety of acts, including cabaret, burlesque, and acrobatics. Witness breathtaking aerialist performances, be captivated by the choreography of the house dancers, and lose yourself in the electrifying live music that ranges from jazz to DJ sets. The establishment also hosts various events that involve active participation from the guests, like masquerade parties, champagne cocktail hours, burlesque Sunday brunches, and more.

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