Some people live for summer. Others get romantic in spring. Me, my pulse quickens in the fall. The arts season begins: Dance groups, theater companies, and museums kick off new shows, and yes, the kids troop back to school—giving you more time to culture vulture.
On Broadway, at least, you don’t have the high density of flashy new musicals that crowd the scene in March and April, vying for Tony Award nominations. I like to think of fall as the smarter older sister, patient and thoughtful. Here are 12 of the most interesting shows I found playing on Broadway and off in the next four months.