A Look at Off Broadway

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It's no secret that the recession has hit the New York theater world hard. Declining ticket revenue, dwindling budgets and fewer tourists have sometimes meant very bad news for many smaller theatres. But lately, some Off Broadway theater companies have been seeing signs of hope.

In this week's Arts File on WQXR, WNYC's Kerry Nolan talks to Miriam Souccar, who covers arts and culture for Crain's New York Business, about how Off Broadway companies are priming the pump and improvements in their bottom lines.

Avenue Q cut its costs by two thirds by moving Off Broadway.
Avenue Q cut its costs by two thirds by moving Off Broadway. ( Michael Schamis (cc/by) )
New World Stages, an Off Broadway theatre on 50 Street, is sharing its stage with other companies to save money.
New World Stages, an Off Broadway theatre on 50 Street, is sharing its stage with other companies to save money. ( ajstarks )
The producers at Snapple Theatre Center, an off-Broadway Theatre on 50 Street and Broadway, are building two more theaters.
The producers at Snapple Theatre Center, an off-Broadway Theatre on 50 Street and Broadway, are building two more theaters. ( Philly Lambs )
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