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Architectural time travel always exhilarates me. One minute, I'm walking along Washington's National Mall, where ancient Rome and masses of marble were mined to ennoble America's capital.

Ten minutes later, I pull up to an exuberant, life-giving piece of West Coast architecture that .... read more
The Washington theater complex that sent "The Great White Hope" and "Next to Normal" to Broadway has revamped itself with an eclectic expansion by architect Bing Thom of Vancouver.

Flying in the face of the capital's pomposity, Thom gave the pugnaciously concrete Arena .... read more
By Linda Hales

The new expansion of the Arena Stage is nothing if not theatrical. Eighteen monumental columns of Douglas fir sustain a 45-foot-tall glass curtain wall, which curves like a giant Alvar Aalto vase. A cantilevered white cloud of a roof salutes .... read more

Maybe there really are no second acts in American lives, as F. Scott Fitzgerald famously pronounced. But the lives of American theaters are a different story. On Oct. 23 - after seven years in planning, three years in constructing and $135 million in financing - the 60-year-old .... read more

By Maura Judkis

The new cradle of American theater was first rocked by artist Richard Serra. The Kogod Cradle - so named because it is intended to cradle the innovative works of American playwrights - is the newest theater within the gleaming .... read more

Peer closely and you'll make out not one theatre behind that glass facade, but three. It's Bing Thom Architects' audacious response to the need to make artistic and architectural sense of two dysfunctional theatres in a deprived area of Washington DC. Ike Ijeh was wowed<.... read more
In the late 1950s, after poverty near the Capitol became a national embarrassment, blocks of old row houses in the southwest waterfront district here were bulldozed in a radical slum-clearing effort. Built in their place were several crisp apartment blocks by I. M. Pei and .... read more
Washington likes its buildings imposing, their walls stone-solid - and the activities inside concealed and guarded 24-7. The city's century-old height limit preserves the iconic views of the Capitol at the cost of imposing a bulky and boxy shape on most large buildings, from concrete .... read more
Arena Stage's new building: a brilliant addition, and a challenge, to the city

As you negotiate the traffic-clogged lanes of I-395 as it passes over the Washington waterfront, look east, and there's a tonic on the horizon. The thin white roof of architect .... read more
Arena Stage is about to make the most dramatic entrance in its storied, 60-year history, reintroducing itself to the city in a radical new shape, with a $135 million remodeling that seeks to turn it into a gleaming fixture of Southwest Washington and a national center .... read more
Many artists come to New York to play the big room, and these days the biggest of the big rooms is the 55,000-square-foot Drill Hall at the Park Avenue Armory, a faded relic of the Gilded Age that has been gradually undergoing a $200 million conversion .... read more
Like a seasoned orchestra, an arrangement of elite engineers, architects and consultants is working symphonically in downtown Las Vegas to create the Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

The $470 million multivenue music and performance complex at Grand Central Parkway and Bonneville Avenue promises .... read more
They're going to build a international-level performing arts center where? South Miami-Dade County? Yes, specifically in Cutler Bay, formerly Cutler Ridge (before that known as the sticks or boonies). That's right. It's coming. And even if the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center is several years .... read more
Utica's Stanley and Syracuse's Landmark theaters find their own ways to compete against Turning Stone

The operators of the Landmark Theatre in Syracuse and the Stanley Theatre in Utica knew they were in for some tough competition when the Turning Stone Resort and .... read more
A long-planned $16 million renovation of the historic Landmark Theatre in downtown Syracuse is expected to begin this fall.

First announced in 2002, the renovation will take about a year. The theater's auditorium and stage will be closed to events, including the showing of movies, .... read more
Here's something you probably don't know about Molly Smith, the artistic director of Washington, D.C.'s Arena Stage: She's a parallel-parking whiz. It's not a talent to sneer at in a city that can be harder on automobile owners than it is on unconfirmed .... read more
Jan Benzel is an editor at The Times who is being reassigned to Paris. Before she leaves, she is attempting to do all the things in the city that every New Yorker should do, at least once.

Lincoln Center, that Eisenhower-era complex of .... read more
Costume Shop Director Joe Salasovich is pleased as punch with his set-up at Arena Stage's Mead Center for American Theater, which the company moved into last Monday - he's got more space, he's no longer hopping between locations in Northern Virginia and U Street NW, .... read more
Toward the end of our phone conversation Tuesday, I ask Arena Stage's artistic director, Molly Smith, if the company's choice of Oklahoma! as its late-October season-opener - the first performance in its dramatic, glassed-in, $125 million Mead

Center for American Theater on the Southwest .... read more
Municipal Auditorium will have a new name  - the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts -  in honor of a local family known for its arts philanthropy and the result of what's believed to be the largest single arts-related donation in San Antonio .... read more