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.
noun
1.
experimental or avant-garde drama produced in New York City, in small theaters, halls, churches, etc.
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
adj.

1953, “experimental theater productions in New York City,” from off (adv.) + Broadway. Even more experimental off-off-Broadway is attested from 1967.

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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