little theater


Definition of little theater

: a small theater for low-cost dramatic productions designed for a relatively limited audience

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But Ab-Ex was always a garish mode of painting, and a little theater has always been part of the American package. Jason Farago, New York Times, "Lee Krasner, Hiding in Plain Sight," 19 Aug. 2019 The company celebrated reaching unicorn status with a little theater. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "Mobile shopping app Ibotta becomes Denver’s only billion-dollar “unicorn” company," 8 Aug. 2019 But when tensions are high and the public is scared a recession is around the corner, a little theater can be therapeutic. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "The Fed finally cut rates. Will anyone notice?," 31 July 2019 There was this little theater around the corner from us in Philly that would have second-run movies for a dollar. Los Angeles Times, "Kevin Bacon on his shockingly corrupt ‘City on a Hill’ FBI man and heroes vs. bad guys," 19 July 2019 Dunkley’s pictures, which generally are not of particular places in his country, are in many instances like crosses between little theater sets and the creations of a landscape architect. Sanford Schwartz, The New York Review of Books, "Close Up and Far Away," 21 Mar. 2019 Plus all those nice little theaters around the state. Christopher Arnott,, "Shakespeare's 'Hamlet,' 'Love’s Labour’s Lost' Announced For Summer," 24 Apr. 2018 Our little theater is a perfect size for five characters. Jessi Virtusio, Post-Tribune, "L'arc en Ciel marks season with 'Funny Valentines'," 15 Feb. 2018 Numerous newspaper columns were written about a defiant old woman and her little theater. Alex Vadukul, New York Times, "The Little Theater That Could," 1 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of little theater

1912, in the meaning defined above

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