Durham’s Manbites Dog Theater begins a run this weekend of “Grounded,” George Brant’s 2012 one-woman show about an F-16 pilot who, after having a child, is reassigned to fly drones remotely, hunting insurgents half a world away. Her musings on balancing career, family and moral responsibility are both pungent and poetic. Madeleine Lambert is the pilot, directed by Talya Klein. 8:15 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $10-$18 (students $5). Through April 5. 919-682-3343 or manbitesdogtheater.org.
• The interplay of live performance and video projection make “Leo: The Anti-Gravity Show” a funny and thought-provoking entertainment on NCSU’s Center Stage series this weekend. Perceptions are upended as the title character explores the surprising properties of his lonely room. Details at ncsu.edu/centerstage.
• Carrboro’s ArtsCenter offers the latest in its free Almost Ready play reading series on Sunday afternoon. Charlotte Runde’s comedy, “A Midlife Summer’s Dream” imagines what happened twenty years later in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Details at artscenterlive.org.