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Onstage in D.C.

Move over, politicos! The Nation's Capital also claims one of the hottest theater scenes in the country.
The Studio Theatre unveiled a $13-million expansion in 2005, which includes this stunning two-story atrium.
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More often than not, politics takes center stage in Washington, D.C. But in its heart of hearts, this capital city is a theater town. More than 80 companies scattered throughout the metro area offer a rich lineup of material (visit www.helenhayes.org for a complete listing). To help you better navigate the city's maze of live performances, we've chosen three must-see venues. All-America Theater Arena Stage, Washington's most prestigious regional company, features both classic and new American plays. The complex houses three theaters: the Fichandler, an 800-seat theater-in-the-round; the 500-seat Kreeger; and the cabaret-style Old Vat Room. The theater plans to break ground on a new complex in the next few years.
1101 Sixth Street at Maine Avenue SW.; (202) 488-3300 or www.arenastage.org.