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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on October 3, 2023?

36 free events take place on Tuesday, October 3 in New York City. Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides! Exciting, high quality, unique and off the beaten path free events and free things to do take place in New York today, tonight, tomorrow and each day of the year, any time of the day: whether it's a weekday or a weekend, day or night, morning or evening or afternoon, December or July, April or November! These events will take your breath away!

New York City (NYC) never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment. Check out October 3 and see for yourself. Summer or Winter, Spring or Fall! Just click on any day of the calendar above and you'll find most inspiring and entertaining free events to go to and free things to do on each day of October . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

Some events take place all year long: same day of the week, same time there are there for you to take advantage of. One of the oldest free weekly events in Manhattan is Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen, which happen at noon every Tuesday. Another example of an event that you can attend all year round on weekdays is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm (but advanced reservations are required). You can take at least 13 free tours every day of the year, except the New Year Day, July 4th, and the Christmas Day. If you are classical music afficionado, you can spend whole day in New York going from one free classical concert to another. If you love theater, then New York gives you an option to attend plays and musicals free of charge, or at deep discount. You just need to have information about it. And we are here to make that information available to you.
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36 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Tuesday, October 3, 2023

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc Brooklyn Sunset Waterfront Walk
free events nyc Ghostbusters (1984): Sci-Fi Comedy with Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver
free events nyc Eve: How the Female Body Drove 200 Million Years of Human Evolution
free events nyc Twelfth Night: Rollicking Shakespeare Comedy
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Birdwatching | Park Birding Tour


Discover the surprising diversity of birds that call the park home during migratory season with guided tours by NYC Audubon, led by environmental educator and urban naturalist Gabriel Willow. The park is a hotspot for avian visitors and birders alike. Past sightings include warblers, tanagers, vireos, thrushes, and even a Chuck-will’s-widow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 am
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Lecture | Climate Change, Conflict, and Underdevelopment (online)


This 10-week seminar is focused on the multifaceted and complex interrelationships between climate change, conflict, and poverty (under-development) in developing countries. The course will familiarize students with key concepts, theories, and approaches to studying poverty, inequality, and conflict; dimensions and recurrence of conflicts; security-development nexus; natural resources and conflict; climate change and migration; environment and sustainable development. First of ten sessions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many


These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Workshop | Adult Zumba


Exercise in disguise! Join in on the fun featuring easy-to-follow Latin dance choreography while working on your balance, coordination and range of motion. Bring your friends and come prepared for enthusiastic instruction, a little strength training and a lot of fun.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Tour | Garment District Tour: Factories, Gangsters, Labor Unions and More


Hear an unusual perspective from somebody who spent the greater portion of his life working in the GARMENT industry. You will learn how the apparel industry developed in NYC through the years, and how it came to be located in its current District. Watch the development of the industry from sweatshops in the old tenement buildings on the Lower East Side, to giant factories in China and Bangladesh. See how immigrants were the backbone of the industry and in NYC, still are. Five minute flow chart "From Fibers To Garment". Learn about Calvin, Ralph and Oscar, as well as Labor Unions and Gangsters. A Factory Visit When Available. See "The Garment Worker'' by Judith Weller, The Fashion Walk of Fame. The Giant Button and Needle artwork on Seventh Ave. And much more. Rain or shine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Lecture | McDonald’s and the Opening and Closing of Russia


The opening of the first McDonald’s in Moscow on January 31, 1990, was widely seen as proof of the Soviet Union opening up to the outside world after years of Cold War isolation. McDonald’s decision to pull out of Russia within months of its full-scale attack on Ukraine in early 2022 was thus naturally seen as the end of an era. This talk will look at how we got from Point A to Point B. Why did Soviet leaders agree to allow McDonald’s in, first as a joint venture with the Moscow city soviet, and what did they hope to get out of it? How did McDonald’s, unlike so many other joint ventures with Western firms, weather the tumultuous period around the time of the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991 and, not only that, become the leading fast-food chain in the country over the next three decades, with over 800 restaurants by 2022? And why didn’t Russia merely let McDonald’s go in the wake of its departure, quickly replacing it with a “patriotic” copycat run by the company’s only Russian franchisee? The talk will ultimately examine how McDonald’s—now through its absence—has functioned as a powerful symbol of, and vehicle for pursuing, Russia’s global economic aspirations since the late Soviet period. Speaker Kristy Ironside is Associate Professor of Russian History and William Dawson Scholar at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Classical Music | Bach at Noon (In Person and Online)


Take a momentary respite from a busy day to enjoy a selection of organ works by Johann Sebastian Bach in an intimate venue.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:20 pm
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Concert | Piano in the Park


Come on by and tap your toes to The Big Apple's finest ragtime, stride, and jazz pianists around! Featuring special events and performances by distinguished musicians. Today's pianist: Roy Eaton.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Gallery Talk | The Golden Path: Maimonides Across Eight Centuries: Exhibition Tour


Museum Director Gabriel Goldstein gives a guided tour, illuminating the life and impact of the multifaceted luminary and great Jewish sage across continents and cultures through rare manuscripts and books. Exhibition highlights include manuscripts in Maimonides’s own handwriting, a carved 11th-century door to the Torah ark from Cairo’s Ben Ezra Synagogue, and beautifully illuminated medieval manuscripts.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Classical Music | Organ Music at a Beautiful Church (In Person AND Online)


Raymond Nagem, organ.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Talk | October's Solar Eclipse: An Expert Viewing Guide (online)


Ever since the "Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017," skywatchers have been looking forward to the next one visible from the United States. On October 14th, the nation again will be gripped by a dramatic annular (ring of fire) eclipse with a path from Oregon to Texas. Senior Editor of Sky & Telescope magazine, Kelly Beatty, gives the expert's guide to experiencing this eclipse and others to come.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:30 pm
Free

Film | His Girl Friday (1940) with Cary Grant


When hard-charging New York newspaper editor Walter Burns discovers that his ex-wife, investigative reporter Hildy Johnson, has gotten engaged to milquetoast insurance agent Bruce Baldwin, he unsuccessfully tries to lure her away from tame domestic life with a story about the impending execution of convicted murderer Earl Williams. But when Hildy discovers Williams may be innocent, her reporter instincts take over. Director: Howard Hawks Cast: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell Cary Grant was an English-American actor. He was one of classic Hollywood's definitive leading men. He was nominated twice for the Academy Award, and was honored with Academy Honorary Award in 1970, and the Kennedy Center Honor in 1981. He was named by American Film Institute the second greatest male star of the Golden Age of Hollywood in 1999.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Book Club | Poetry Discussion Circle: Banned Poetry


Join fellow poetry enthusiasts in unpacking the layered meanings of poetry through an informal group discussion. Celebrate the freedom to read by exploring poetry that has been censored, challenged, banned, or burned. Readings are selected from Poetry Magazine and Poetry Foundation. Please note that contemporary poetry deals frankly with contemporary issues, and all works discussed are artistic expressions selected for an adult audience. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:30 pm
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Book Discussion | Happiness Falls: Mystery of a Father's Disappearance (online)


When a father goes missing, his family’s desperate search leads them to question everything they know about him and one another—both a riveting page-turner and a deeply moving portrait of a family in crisis from Angie Kim, the award-winning author of Miracle Creek.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Workshop | Drop-In Chess


Play the popular strategy game while getting pointers and advice from an expert. Chess improves concentration, problem solving, and strategic planning -- plus it's fun. For ages 5 and up (adults welcome).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:30 pm
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Film | Polite Society (2023): martial arts action/comedy


A martial artist-in-training believes she must save her older sister from her impending marriage. After enlisting the help of her friends, she tries to pull off the most ambitious of all wedding heists in the name of independence and sisterhood. Director: Nida Manzoor Cast: Priya Kansara, Ritu Aryu, Renu Brindle
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Workshop | Board Game Social


A wider selection of board games to the Games Cart at the weekly Board Games Socials, with games like Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne, Catan, King of Tokyo and more. Not sure what to play? Games hosts can help you find the perfect game and match up players.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Park Walk | Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers


Hear the story behind New York City's park in the sky: an insider's perspective on the park's history, design, and landscape.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Discussion | The Artists Roundtable (online)


A talk with Beatrice Glow, a New York and Bay Area-based multidisciplinary artist working in service of public history and just futures. Stemming from drawing and painting, her practice includes sculptural installations, olfactory experiences, emerging media, performances and artist books. An American of Taiwanese heritage, she interrogates the visual languages of luxury and power through Asian diasporic and anti-colonial perspectives. Working in allyship with Indigenous culture bearers and co-laboring with researchers, her projects on the exploitation of botanical life reveals the contemporary ramifications of colonialism, capitalism and inequitable trade networks.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Lecture | The Recent Inflation Surge


Professor Mark Gertler has published widely in macroeconomics and monetary economics. Among his co-authors are former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and current Vice Chairman Richard Clarida. Gertler currently serves as a Co-Director (with Pete Klenow) of the NBER's program on Economic Fluctuations and Growth and also as a consultant to the European Central Bank.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
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Discussion | Fashion’s Role in Black Protest, 1863–1963


Fashion historian and assistant professor at Parsons School of Design Jonathan Michael Square and MFIT associate curator Elizabeth Way will be in conversation about the significance of fashion and self-presentation for Black Civil Rights leaders from the nineteenth century to the present. This program is also a part of the 1863–1963–2023 Project: Civil Rights in FIT’s Neighborhood project.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Workshop | Play bridge in a stress-free environment


One of the most popular card games of the last century, bridge is still enjoyed by professional and amateur players alike today - and now you can stop by and enjoy it too! Bring your bridge partner, or you will be matched up with someone to play as a pair. There will be instructions and the chance to observe players, making this a perfect event for beginners looking to learn how to play bridge.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshop | Stargazing in the City


Head to the park for a walk and a chance to take a closer look at the stars. Peer through high-powered telescopes provided by the knowledgeable members of the Amateur Astronomers Association to see rare celestial sights. No experience is necessary and telescopes will be provided. Starts at dusk.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:15 pm
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Book Discussion | 2 Horror Novels: Starling House / The Dead Take the A Train


Starling House by Hugo Award-winning author Alix E. Harrow is a gothic fantasy of immense quality, this is the story of a dying town and the people still living there. It's Opal's search for a home, for a life, for anything other than what she was born into. Written with exacting prose, this is a gorgeous story from a gifted writer. The Dead Take the A Train by Richard Kadrey and Cassandra Khaw is a novel of mind-bendingly visceral and freaky storytelling. Yes, the cover matches the content. You'll be surprised that through the horror and gore is a lot of heart. The light always shines in.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free

Movie in a Park | Ghostbusters (1984): Sci-Fi Comedy with Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver


Three parapsychologists forced out of their university funding set up shop as a unique ghost removal service in New York City, attracting frightened yet skeptical customers. Director: Ivan Reitman Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver 105 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free

Discussion | Adventures in Italian Opera: Conductor Daniele Callegari


Fred Plotkin talks with Metropolitan Opera conductor Daniele Callegari, who is leading performances of Verdi's Nabucco this season at The Metropolitan Opera.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
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Park Walk | Brooklyn Sunset Waterfront Walk


Docents leads a tour to learn about the history of the Brooklyn waterfront, the park's's sustainable design, and how the park came to life. Wear comfortable shoes, as these tours traverse the beautiful park landscape.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free

Gallery Talk | Drawing Dialogues


Artists Clifford Owens and LJ Roberts, featured in the exhibition Drawing as Practice, talk about their work, with a particular emphasis on the role of drawing in their practice. To foster dynamic conversations among participants in the exhibition, the evening will feature a pair of artists presenting. The pairings will celebrate the vitality of technique and approaches to contemporary drawing and create opportunities for interesting discussions among artists and audiences.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Book Discussion | Eve: How the Female Body Drove 200 Million Years of Human Evolution


How did the female body drive 200 million years of human evolution? Why do women live longer than men? Why are women more likely to get Alzheimer's? Why do girls score better at every academic subject than boys until puberty, when suddenly their scores plummet? Is sexism useful for evolution? And why, seriously why, do women have to sweat through our sheets every night when they hit menopause? These questions are producing some truly exciting science - and in Eve, with boundless curiosity and sharp wit, Cat Bohannon covers the past 200 million years to explain the specific science behind the development of the female sex: "We need a kind of user's manual for the female mammal. A no-nonsense, hard-hitting, seriously researched (but readable) account of what we are. How female bodies evolved, how they work, what it really means to biologically be a woman. Something that would rewrite the story of womanhood. This book is that story. We have to put the female body in the picture. If we don't, it's not just feminism that's compromised. Modern medicine, neurobiology, paleoanthropology, even evolutionary biology all take a hit when we ignore the fact that half of us have breasts. So it's time we talk about breasts. Breasts, and blood, and fat, and vaginas, and wombs--all of it. How they came to be and how we live with them now, no matter how weird or hilarious the truth is."
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Fluid: Intriguingly Diverse Characters


The short stories in Lisa Teasley's book are set in California, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, Northern England, and Namibia, taking a deep dive into the vastly differing perspectives of an intriguingly diverse collage of characters, who are navigating lives within society's most challenging contemporary issues.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Discussion | The House on Sun Street: Living the Terror of Revolution in Iran


Mojgan Ghazarid's new novel tells a story of a young girl who grows up in a family uprooted by the terror of an Islamic Revolution, where her culture, her gender, and her education are in peril.  For the curious and imaginative Moji, there is no better place to grow up than the lush garden of her grandparents in Tehran. However, as she sits with her sister underneath the grapevines, listening to their grandfather recount the enchanting stories of One Thousand and One Nights, revolution is brewing in her homeland. Soon, the last monarch of Iran will leave the country, and her home and her family will never be the same.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Play | Twelfth Night: Rollicking Shakespeare Comedy


When Viola is shipwrecked and alone on the coast of Illyria, she disguises herself as her lost twin brother and finds herself in entangled in a hilarious love triangle. It all goes topsy-turvy as this "most wonderful" adaptation of Shakespeare whirls through love, rollicking foolery, mistaken identities, and joyful discovery. A student production.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free

Reading | No Name Super Story Party


No Name Comedy/Variety Show producer Eric Vetter brings New York’s best established and emerging authors and storytellers. Super Story Party is curated and co-hosted by author/storyteller Michele Carlo. The show will also include a “Magic Hat Open-Mic” where audience members can signup for a chance at four minutes of stage time to share their own stories.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Discussion | A Conversation with Award-Winning Author Mary Gaitskill


Mary Gaitskill is the author of three novels, three books of short stories, and an essay collection. Her honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a PEN/Faulkner Award nomination for Because They Wanted To. Veronica was a National Book Award nominee, as well as a National Book Critics Circle finalist. In 2002 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, and that same year her story "Secretary," from the collection Bad Behavior, was made into a film.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Lecture | The American Museum of Natural History Expansion by Studio Gang


Studio Gang Design Principal and Partner Weston Walker will present the new and iconic Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation, the latest addition to New York’s historic American Museum of Natural History. In a time of urgent need for better public understanding of science and greater access to science education, the Gilder Center is designed to amplify the intellectual impact of the Museum with experiential architecture that encourages exploration­—drawing in people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to share the excitement of scientific discovery and learning about the natural world. Architect Weston Walker is Design Principal and Partner in charge of Studio Gang’s New York office. In his nearly 15-year tenure at Studio Gang, he has designed projects across a wide range of scales and types. Weston is a graduate of Yale University, with an M. Arch and a BA from Cornell.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Staged Reading | New York City's Longest-Running Cold Play Reading


Naked Angels was formed in 1986 by a group of artists intent on creating a creative home for new voices. Forming a community of writers, directors, actors, producers, and designers, our founders crafted an open environment for expression, experimentation, and production. The company took its name from the John Tytell book, which referred to Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and other Beats as “a generation that wanted to break out of convention and scream.” As a young group, the Naked Angels artists felt the same way; needing a place where, through the medium of theater, they could show the world a different perspective of the times. Sometimes outraged, often irreverent, occasionally absurd, and always intelligent, enthusiastic and fun, Naked Angels’ work was a spark to which audiences were quickly drawn. The Space, as their theater on 17th Street was known, soon became a vital, thriving crossroads where talented theater artists met and collaborated: the destination of choice for those seeking a truly celebratory theatrical experience.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 pm
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Play | Oscar and Golden Globe Nominee in a Romantic Play

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