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Entry from September 26, 2004
Obie Award
The "Obie" is the off-Broadway award, created by the Village Voice in 1956. "Obie" stands for "O.B.," or "Off-Broadway."


Wikipedia: Obie Award
The Obie Awards or Off-Broadway Theater Awards are annual awards given by The Village Voice newspaper to theatre artists and groups in New York City. As the Tony Awards cover Broadway productions, the Obies cover Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway productions.

Background
The Obie Awards were initiated by Edwin (Ed) Fancher, publisher of The Village Voice, who handled the financing and business side of the project. They were first given in 1956 under the direction of theater critic Jerry Tallmer. Initially, only Off-Broadway productions were eligible; in 1964, Off-Off-Broadway productions were made eligible.

(Oxford English Dictionary)
Obie, n.
Etymology: < OB, initialism < off-Broadway adj. + -y suffix6, after Emmy n.
U.S. Theatre.
Any of several annual awards for (work on) off-Broadway theatre productions.
1956 Village Voice (N.Y.) 13 June 1/4 Shelly Winters, star of Broadway's ‘A Hatful of Rain’, will be the master of cermonies at the first annual Village Voice Off-Broadway (‘Obies’) Awards.
1967 National Observer (U.S.) 10 Apr. 20/1 Last year several ‘Obies’, the prize theater awards normally reserved for the stalwarts of Off-Broadway, were given to OOB [sc. off-off-Broadway] veterans, among them actor Kevin O'Connor and playwright Sam Shepard.

13 June 1956, Village Voice, pg. 1, cols. 3-5:
Recognition for Off-Broadway
Voice "Obie" Awards Monday;
Shelley Winters to be MC
(Col. 4 -- ed.)
Shelley Winters, star of Broadway's "A Hatful of Rain," will be the master of cermonies at the first annual Village Voice Off-Broadway ("Obies") Awards, which are to be given out at a cermony attended by many prominent state personalities, Monday afternoon at 3 at the Limelight Coffee House at Seventh Avenue South.

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