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little theater

generally noncommercial drama, usually of an experimental nature and directed at a limited audience.
a small theater, producing plays whose effectiveness would be lost in larger houses.
amateur theatricals.
Origin of little theater
First recorded in 1765-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Every variety of evil is spread before them on the stage of our little theater.

    The Prodigal Village Irving Bacheller
  • Book tells of the origin of the little theater in Fargo and of the movement in general.

    North Dakota Various
  • First he went to the little theater, and found them just concluding a rehearsal.

    A Terrible Temptation Charles Reade
  • She is interested in a little theater for Hamilton, but she won't manage it.

    Murder at Bridge

    Anne Austin
  • So it will be seen that they carried with them their own little theater, church and hotel.

    A Man for the Ages Irving Bacheller
  • Ive had a doll-house and a little theater built for her at Prides.

    Maida's Little Shop Inez Haynes Irwin
  • She said that you said that you had a big doll-house and a little theater all your own.

    Maida's Little Shop Inez Haynes Irwin
  • And has Maida a little theater of her own and a doll-house as big as a cottage?

    Maida's Little Shop Inez Haynes Irwin

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