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Theatrescape August 2021


August 4, 2021

Pack a picnic or head to the beach for the best theatre happening this month, as most companies are busy gearing up for their big return to indoor performances this Fall. The 2021-2022 season is packed with new productions and others that were postponed due to the pandemic. This is the time to take note of what’s on the horizon and look out for tickets to start going on sale. ArtsEmerson always has the best touring shows in town and their upcoming productions Ipheginia and White Rabbit Red Rabbit look especially interesting, with seats as low as $20 that sell out quickly. The Huntington Theatre has announced a pretty stacked season with long awaited productions, The Bluest Eye and Our Daughters, Like Pillars finally hitting the stage.

Below are some highlights of what’s going on for August in Boston and a couple of cool coastal spots worth the trek.


Thru 8/8

Shakespeare on the Common: The Tempest

Every Bostonian should experience Shakespeare on the Common as it’s been a summer staple for 25 years now. The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company presents one of Shakespeare’s last and most beloved plays, The Tempest. Pack a picnic and enjoy the show!

WHERE: Reserve your FREE spot now at


Nate Turner in Jerusalem

The Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre’s play looks good enough to drive to the Cape for. A timely and profound account of Nate Turner being visited by his attorney on his last night in jail as they discuss the slave rebellion they just led and talk of the future.



Gloucester Stage continues their run of outdoor shows in Rockport with this new play by Victoria Gruenberg about the restaurant industry and a chef’s struggle between art and commerce.


The Arboretum Experience

Take a walk through Boston’s beautiful Arnold Arboretum and experience this new piece centered around personal wellness and joy using audio plays, music and dance combined in this totally original production by the American Repertory Theatre.


Hurricane Diane

This new comedy by Madeleine George turns Greek God Dionysus into a gardener named Diana who is working to reverse global warming while recruiting help from her Jersey housewife neighbors.

Check out all the art and columns of August's Boston Compass at


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