The end of summer always brings the curtain down on several Broadway shows (au revoir, “Les Miserables”!) to make way for the highly anticipated new shows that are kicking off this fall. It doesn’t help that there are also dozens of plays debuting off-Broadway — stages that have yielded a fair few Broadway-bound productions recently. But you’ve only got so much time and money, so we’ve helped narrow down the field to the very best of the best.


For #squad night out


“Modern Family” fans should be sure to check out “Falsettos,” which looks into the life of a gay man who’s navigating a neurotic-but-functioning lifestyle with his ex-wife, his boyfriend, his son and the mixed-race lesbian couple next door. The 1992 Tony Award-winning musical is revived through Lincoln Center Theater and directed by James Lapine (who co-wrote the book with lyricist William Finn). An all-star cast includes Stephanie J. Block (“Edwin Drood”), Christian Borle (“Something Rotten”) and Andrew Rannells (“Book of Mormon”). Opens Oct. 27


Relive a childhood favorite with your bestie


It seems so obvious, but it finally happened: Tom Schulman, the screenwriter behind the Academy Award-winning film by the same title, has adapted “Dead Poets Society” for the stage, premiering at the Classic Stage Company this October. If there’s a hope of the movie successfully carrying its mood and impact over to live theater, there couldn’t be a better choice for its venue than the CSC, known for its intimate and artistic atmosphere. Jason Sudeikis takes over the role made famous by Robin Williams, and the show is directed by Tony winner John Doyle, fresh off “The Color Purple.”Performances begin Oct. 27


Impress the theater buff

The Encounter” is a first-of-its-kind production that challenges how we experience theater by fully engaging our sense of sound. The one-man-play — conceived, performed and directed by Simon McBurney — is about a photojournalist lost among Brazilian tribesmen in the Amazon. But his ordeal is most effectively conveyed through headsets that both thoroughly individualize and exponentially amplify the tale. Showing off stunning sound design lauded when it opened in the U.K. earlier this year, “The Encounter” is one you’ll brag about having seen first — or should we say, heard?Opens Sept. 29

Icebreaker for your date night

In 2013, Helder Guimarães shocked audiences with his close-up magic (and sly comedic indulgences) in “Nothing to Hide,” the critically acclaimed show directed by Neil Patrick Harris. Now Guimarães, one of the world’s foremost magicians, returns with “Verso,” a solo show at New World Stages. His awe-worthy sleight-of-hand does require a certain degree of concentration to appreciate, the unique nature and mind-boggling spectacle of the show is one that will captivate the imaginations of all ages (suggested for 12 and up).Opens Sept. 28

Bring the parents

The newspaper industry may be changing, but the thrill of knowing you’re onto a good story will always endure. An all-star cast led by John Goodman, Nathan Lane and John Slattery revive “The Front Page,” a loving lampoon of journalism and a timely look back at the heyday of making news. A team of tabloid reporters is thrust into covering a criminal investigation, quickly realizing their caper could be the scoop of a lifetime.Opens Oct. 20