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“A Bit of a Disappointment”

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

We visited the Kennedy Center for a performance of the Lion King. We had high expectations for an evening of splendor, brilliant performances in a high class venue. The Opera house was lovely but the ushers seemed to struggle with getting several large groups to their proper seats, resulting in a late start to the performance. Once the performance started, we found the sound quality to be underwhelming, having to focus closely on the actors to catch their lines. We were also seated three rows in front of a family with a toddler who loudly talked through the entire first half of the show. The parents of the little tyke talked him through every act, allowed him to kick on the seats and otherwise, disrupt the performance for those seated in the 3-4 rows surrounding them. Despite multiple complaints from various guests, the ushers failed to intervene. We left at intermission, disappointed in the entire experience. We also found the restrooms were a complete mess, the vending machines were not dispensing and we were forced to pay double for a bottled water at one of the concession stands. I've written many reviews and most of them are glowing, positive and informed. Unfortunately, this experience was a major disappointment particularly, after having paid $300 for the experience.

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Reviewed 18 June 2014

If you've read my comments about other buildings in Washington, you will have guessed I'm not a fan of the ornate, multi-columned edifices that make up the majority of significant places in Washington. It was, therefore, a delight to visit the JF Kennedy Centre, and view the city from its terrace. I'd love to attend a concert there. It's a truly beautiful place, in my opinion.

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Reviewed 17 June 2014

We enjoyed the building, the views and a play while we were there. We also had dinner at the KC Café which was very good. Enjoyed Shear Madness.

Thank Wendell N
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

We went to the Kennedy Center Opera House for a ballet performance. They showcase both American and International performing arts and almost always have something worthwhile in one of the three main theaters. And there are free performances in the grand foyer and smaller spaces, too.

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Reviewed 16 June 2014

We had dinner at the Kennedy Center and then attended a Nationals Pops concert who did ABBA music. It was a wonderful time.

Thank Jerri J
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