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Five great ticket deals you can get for Off Broadway Week

By David Cote
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It’s cold and slushy and the spring season has yet to begin. We know you’re thinking of curling up with some cocoa to stream that new Amazon series, but Off-Broadway Week is calling you! The popular program (launched in 2009 by NYC & Company) hooks up savvy theater buffs with two-for-one tickets to around 35 Off-Broadway productions. Right now you can get seats for performances from Feb 1-14. (It's the same sort of deal as Broadway Week in NYC, which just extended to Feb 19.) Visit the site to browse and buy. And if you need help, here are five we can heartily recommend. Note: tickets are subject to availability and blackout dates may apply.

THE AMERICAN CLASSIC
Buried Child
Sam Shepard’s 1979 Pulitzer Prize-winner has a squalid, dysfunctional family, tragic secrets and gritty, poetic language. Ed Harris stars in this much-anticipated New Group revival.

THE VAUDEVILLE ENCORE
Old Hats
After their triumphant 2013 run at the Signature Center, master clowns Bill Irwin and David Shiner (above) return to amaze, provoke and tickle audiences with their unique brand of physical comedy.

THE CLEVER NEW DRAMA
Smart People
In this charged comedy by Lydia R. Diamond (Stick Fly), four Harvard eggheads get scrambled about racial and sexual politics at the dawn of the Obama era.

CELEBRITY OFF BROADWAY
Smokefall
Zachary Quinto (a.k.a. dreamboat Spock) stars in this fascinating new piece by Noah Haidle, in which the daring actor portrays a footnote (yes, a textual footnote) as well as a talking fetus.

INGENIOUS PUPPETRY & FANTASY
The Woodsman
This immersive, practically wordless adaptation of writings by L. Frank Baum thrusts us into a dark corner of Oz, with lots of weird and fascinating puppets.

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