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“Violet” actress Kellee Knighten Hough loves a bar that’s open late

In his review of the musical “Violet” (now playing at Ford’s Theatre), Washington Post theater critic Peter Marks had little praise to doll out, save for one actress.

“The most memorable solo belongs to Kellee Knighten Hough,” Marks wrote, adding that she sung “the devil” out of her big number, “Raise Me Up.” We asked Knighten Hough, a veteran Washington stage actress, to tell us her favorite place to celebrate high marks.

(Photographer Kyle Martell courtesy of ChurchKey)
(Kyle Martell courtesy of ChurchKey)

Spot: ChurchKey, 1337 14th St NW (upstairs)

(Photo courtesy of Kellee Knighten Hough) (Courtesy of Kellee Knighten Hough)

How she found it: “A friend of mine, who’s also in theater, had a birthday get-together there. One drink and I was hooked. We stayed there until almost closing, laughing and clowning.”

Why she loves it: “For performing artists, Mondays are our only day off and it’s always hard to find good places to hang out on a weekday. We get out so late sometimes, we have to go somewhere you can get to before last call. ChurchKey is open, serves food late, and has a cute little area in the back that’s like an unofficial ‘VIP’ section. And since we need our voices for the stage, it’s great to be somewhere you don’t have to scream to talk. I recommend the Southern Ricky if you’re not a beer drinker — it’s their twist on a mint julep — and the tater tots are always a great snack.”




Helena Andrews-Dyer is the co-author of The Reliable Source. Follow her on Twitter @helena_andrews, and send your hot tips, sightings, and gossip to



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