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off Broadway

or Off Broadway

professional drama produced in New York City in small theaters often away from the Broadway area and characterized by experimental productions.
Origin of off Broadway
An Americanism dating back to 1950-55
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off-Broadway, adjective, adverb

off off Broadway

or Off Off Broadway

experimental or avant-garde drama produced in New York City, in small theaters, halls, churches, etc.
Related forms
off-off-Broadway, adjective, adverb Unabridged
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designating the kind of experimental, low-budget, or noncommercial productions associated with theatre outside the Broadway area in New York
(of theatres) not located on Broadway
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Word Origin and History for off-broadway



1953, "experimental theater productions in New York City," from off (adv.) + Broadway. 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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