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

Related forms

off-Broad·way, adjective, adverb

Definition for off-broadway (2 of 2)

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-Broad·way, adjective, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for off-broadway



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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Culture definitions for 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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