Playmakers Repertory Company’s annual doubleheader comes with something extra this time: water – 15 tons of it in an onstage pool. It plays a major role in both Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” (about shipwrecked royalty on an island) and Mary Zimmerman’s “Metamorphoses” (based on Ovid’s poem of myths about elemental changes in life). The plays, co-directed by Joseph Haj and Dominique Serrand, alternate throughout a five-week run, ending Dec 8. “Metamorphoses”: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Sunday; “The Tempest”: 2 p.m. Sunday. $15-$45. playmakersrep.org.
• Meredith College’s Ensemble Theatre presents Sarah Ruhl’s offbeat comedy, “The Clean House,” about a Brazilian cleaning woman who wants to be a standup comedian. Jones Auditorium. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. $5-$10. meredith.edu/news.
• Common Wealth Endeavors presents the U.S. premiere of Alice Birch’s “Many Moons,” a play about four people looking for love who interact throughout a day. Common Ground Theatre, Durham. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday (through Nov. 16). $10-$15. fromcommonwealth.com.
• Duke Performances brings “Measure Back” to Durham’s Manbites Dog Theater, an immersive mixed-media event drawing on the evening news and the historical conflicts to examine war’s continued presence. Friday-Saturday 8:15 p.m. $22 ($15 under age 30). dukeperformances.duke.edu.