off-broadway

off Broadway

noun
professional drama produced in New York City in small theaters often away from the Broadway area and characterized by experimental productions.
Also, Off Broadway.


Origin:
1950–55, Americanism

off-Broadway, adjective, adverb
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off off Broadway

noun
experimental or avant-garde drama produced in New York City, in small theaters, halls, churches, etc.
Also, Off Off Broadway.

off-off-Broadway, adjective, adverb
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off-Broadway
 
adj
1.  designating the kind of experimental, low-budget, or noncommercial productions associated with theatre outside the Broadway area in New York
2.  (of theatres) not located on Broadway

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off-Broadway
1953, "experimental theater productions in New York City." Even more experimental off-off-Broadway is attested from 1967.
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off-Broadway definition


A descriptive term for part of the theatrical community of New York City that presents small-scale, often experimental dramas. The costs of off-Broadway productions are generally much lower than those of Broadway plays.

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