American theatre awards for Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions ("Obie" = O.B. = Off Broadway). Created by Jerry Tallmer of The Village Voice in 1955 to recognize Off Broadway Theatre in New York, they are still given by the Village Voice to this day. In 1964, they expanded to included Off Off Broadway productions. The awards are chosen by a panel of Voice critics and guest judges, but there are no nominations, just awards for "vibrant and dynamic" theatre-- the definition of which is open enough to include performance art and dance. Categories are not necessarily consistent from year to year.

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