: an award presented annually by a professional organization for notable achievement in plays performed off-Broadway

Examples of Obie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the last 50 years, MTC has earned 28 Tony Awards, seven Pulitzer Prizes, 49 Obie Awards and countless other accolades. Sophia Scorziello, Variety, 13 Sep. 2023 The play earned Howe an Obie Award for best new American play, then moved to Broadway in 1983 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Aug. 2023 Along with that, the Drama League announced that Obie Award-winning Keen Company will produce DirectorFest, which offers Off-Broadway debuts for The Drama League’s Stage Directing Fellows. Brent Lang, Variety, 29 Aug. 2023 Additionally, Roker was a distinguished theater actress, winning an Obie Award and being nominated for a Tony for her role of Mattie Williams in The River Niger. Charlotte Walsh, Peoplemag, 14 Aug. 2023 In 1969, Arkin won an Obie Award and an Outer Circle Critics Award for his off-Broadway direction of Little Murders, Jules Feiffer’s black comedy about unrelenting decay in New York City. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 June 2023 And then there was INF Obie Ricumstrict, a two-way player who had a football scholarship to Western Michigan. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 29 June 2023 Mandy’s a Tony and Emmy Award-Winning actor and singer and his wife Kathryn is an Obie award-winning actress and writer. Sun Sentinel, 6 Jan. 2023 Cara's other career accolades included a Golden Globe award as well as a nomination for best supporting actress, a People's Choice award, an Obie award as a child for her work in theater and an Image award, according to her website. Samara Lynn, ABC News, 26 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


O.B., abbreviation for off Broadway

First Known Use

1956, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Obie was in 1956

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“Obie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Obie. Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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