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off Broadway

noun
1.
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
1950-1955
1950-55, Americanism
Related forms
off-Broadway, adjective, adverb

off off Broadway

noun
1.
experimental or avant-garde drama produced in New York City, in small theaters, halls, churches, etc.
Also, Off Off Broadway.
Related forms
off-off-Broadway, adjective, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for off-broadway

off-Broadway

adjective
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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Word Origin and History for off-broadway

off-Broadway

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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off-broadway in Culture

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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Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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