off Broadway

or 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.

Origin of off Broadway

An Americanism dating back to 1950–55
Related formsoff-Broad·way, adjective, adverb

off off Broadway

or Off Off Broadway

noun
  1. experimental or avant-garde drama produced in New York City, in small theaters, halls, churches, etc.
Related formsoff-off-Broad·way, 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

off-broadway in Culture

off-Broadway

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 (see also Broadway) plays.

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