The Kennedy Center

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by zabelle on June 24, 2006

The reason we came to Washington at this particular time was to attend a show at the Kennedy Center. In January we attend a performance of the Canterbury Tales in Stratford England. It was part one. We could not get tickets to part two. Imagine our excitement when we found out the entire production was going to be at the Kennedy center in April. I got tickets for part 2 as soon as they went on sale and then we planned our trip accordingly.

I have never been to the Kennedy Center before. It is really an amazing experience. The hall of flags is dazzling. We took a cab to get there. Be aware that it is outside zone one so it is a two zone charge but the closest metro station I could see was Foggy Bottom and it was on a different line than where we were at the Renwick. The cab ride was $10.30 for the two of us, but there is a lot to be said for door to door service.

I had arranged for ticket pickup and it was fast and easy. We had a few minutes before our performance in the Eisenhower Theater, so we went to the Terrace level and looked for a quick meal. There is a Terrace restaurant which was closed for a private affair, but the KC Café was open and is a very nice place to grab a bite.

There is a small salad bar that offers very upscale choices, baby corn, marinated mushrooms, baby carrots, artichoke hearts, and fancy salami just to name a few. There are also sandwiches pre-made, on croissants, wraps, and grainy bread. If you have the urge for a sweet there is a coffee bar with great desserts, bread pudding, cheesecake, strawberry shortcake, and fruit tarts with chocolate shell.

You can also get burgers or pizzas and hot soup or pasta choices. When we went back for a post theater snack they were offering a prime rib dinner for $21. It looked delicious and was served quite rare.

Beyond the good food the attraction here is the view. It is glass all around and depending where you sit you will see planes taking off at Regan airport, the Lincoln memorial, and the Watergate apartments. After you finish take the time to walk around on the terrace outside. We enjoyed watching the scullers on the Potomac.

What surprised me was the size of the Eisenhower Theater. I expected it to be huge so I was a little concerned that we would lose the intimacy that had made the Stratford production so enjoyable. I needn’t have worried, this is not an overwhelmingly large venue. We were in row F center and it was the third row. Obviously I can’t speak for all productions but this one was amazing and the whole experience was wonderful
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street, NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20566
(202) 467-4600

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