Well, two weeks in DC and I already have seen two performances at the Kennedy Center.
Last Saturday I was in the area and stopped in to check out this world-renowned performing arts center with a lovely view of the Potomac River from the back balcony.
I have good memories of the place. When I lived in DC right after college, I once had plans with a co-worker to see a play — Zorba the Greek, it was, with Anthony Hopkins — but I had dinner beforehand with my boyfriend at the time. I had tickets for both my co-worker and myself but I had left them at home, I discovered, and had to rush home to get them, and then got a taxi to rush to the theater. I was still quite late. Meanwhile, I called the theater and begged them to allow my friend to watch the start of the show until I got there with the tickets — which the ushers kindly did.
This time was less dramatic, as I just wandered in in my fleece pants and sweatshirt and caught a free showing of a play about a middle school talent show. It was OK, a little on the too-silly side for my tastes, with two actors (a man and a woman) doing all the parts.
The Kennedy Center has free performances every day at 6 p.m. They’re also aired online for viewing at any time.
Just a couple of days later, I overheard a co-worker telling someone that she got free tickets from a vendor to see Hair at the Kennedy Center. I piped in and said I’d love to go, if there were any tickets available. And I scored!
This time I dressed up a bit for a traveling Broadway show in the main opera house of the center. We had seats in Row N in the orchestra, so pretty close up. The show was quite raunchy, and a bit outdated with all the hippie stuff. It was enjoyable over all, though, with songs I remember from years ago and lots of energy with the dancing, and a clear anti-war message.
It was Veteran’s Day and one of my companions commented that she could only imagine the reaction to the play by vets from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll somehow don’t seem in tune with these times of war and economic challenges for so many people.