[Ads-l] Antedating of "off-off-Broadway"

Bill Mullins amcombill at HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Aug 30 19:00:12 UTC 2023

Slightly earlier:

1954 Shreveport Times 7 Mar 4B/7  www.newspapers.com

Circle-in-the-Square, the off-off-Broadway theater, may extend its operations 'way off Broadway indeed -- London, to be exact.


Quote is from a Dorothy Kilgallen column which ran as early as 4 March in some markets. However, the quote is found in in a very short paragraph which appears to edited out of the column in most newspapers, presumably for space reasons.  But the quote could be found a few days earlier if a paper ran the column in its entirety.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> On Behalf Of
> Steven Losie
> Sent: Wednesday, August 30, 2023 12:51 PM
> Subject: Antedating of "off-off-Broadway"
> Off-off-Broadway.
> OED3 cites the New York Times on May 5, 1957. Here are two earlier
> citations:
> [begin quote]
> Audrey Hepburn's understudy in "Ondine," a young lady named Eva Stern,
> quit her job last week for a real part in what might, under the right
> circumstances, be referred to as an off-off-Broadway production.
> [end quote]
> Source: New York Daily News, Mar 9, 1954, p.15C, col.4 Article title: French
> 'Mutiny' Stars; R&H Ahead of Schedule
> Author: Douglas Watt
> Database: ProQuest Historical Newspapers
> [begin quote]
> One church group is having off-off-Broadway tryouts of its shows, sending
> them to out of town churches before bringing them in.
> [end quote]
> Source: Chicago Tribune, Mar 27, 1955, p.K4, col.1 Article title: A True Actor
> Can't Be Kept from Theater
> Author: John Chapman
> Database: ProQuest Historical Newspapers

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