Intiman isn’t the only theater kicking off a summer festival—ACT’s monthlong festival is devoted to Harold Pinter, the subversive British playwright who wrote wittily about bad behavior, the faultiness of memory, and the dangers of conformity. When Pinter won a Nobel Prize in 2005, the announcement declared that Pinter “uncovers the precipice under everyday prattle and forces entry into oppression’s closed rooms.” The festival features plays (The Dumb Waiter, No Man’s Land, others) plus workshops and lectures. (ACT Theater, 700 E Union St, times and prices vary, see www.acttheatre.org, through Aug 26)

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