Hayley Young

You know the Intiman story: an august regional theater with financial and leadership dry rot that was ready to collapse, and then bounced back last year with a high-wire, scrambling-to-make-it-work summer festival. Their second summer festival has begun, and it comprises four plays: Lysistrata, about pacifist wives on a sex strike; We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!, Dario Fo’s radical-left satire about grocery prices; Trouble in Mind, Alice Childress’s 1955 backstage drama about racism and integration on Broadway; and Stu for Silverton, a world-premiere musical about the real-life trans mayor of a small Oregon town. Good or bad, people will be talking about them. (Cornish Playhouse, 201 Mercer St, details at intiman.org, $35, through Sept 15)