A leading nonprofit theatre trade organization, the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./NY) has launched a new website service, offbroadwayonline.com.
Billed as the official website for Off-Broadway, the site is meant to give audiences a useful tool for managing information about the 100 different Off-Broadway shows in a given week. Visitors to the site can "search for companies and productions using 21 different genre categories, 16 neighborhood categories, performance date, the name of [a theatre] company and/or the author, title or subject matter of the current production."
The site is designed to be used intuitively in accordance with a given person's interests.
Offbroadwayonline.com now boasts listings for 150 theatre companies and links to 70 theatre sites. Genre categories for the site include African American, Asian, Classics, Comedy (Improv/Sketch), Children's/Family, Dance, Experimental, Gay/Lesbian, Irish, Jewish, Latino, Multimedia, Musicals, New Works, Opera, Performance Art, Readings, Special Events, Revivals, Solo Performance and Women.
Theatre patrons can visit the site at www.offbroadwayonline.com. -- By Murdoch McBride