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  1. one of a group of awards given annually, beginning in 1956, by New York City's The Village Voice newspaper for achievement in the off-Broadway theater.
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Origin of Obie

pronunciation of OB, abbreviation of off Broadway
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one of the annual awards given to off-Broadway theater, 1967, from O.B. as the abbreviation of Off-Broadway.

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