Actor's Theatre is launching its 19th season on a raft of confidence, floating out its production of Sarah Ruhl's The Clean House to the public for two preview performances before tonight's official Press Night. Reigning CL Theaterperson of Year Scott Ripley directs this edgy comedy about a doctor (Martin Thompson) whose housemaid (Adyana de la Torre) abhors cleaning nearly as much as he does. Her quest for the Perfect Joke — with its killer Portuguese punchline — is a higher priority. Wed-Thu, 7:30 p.m.; Fri, 8 p.m.; Sun, Sept. 30, 2:30 p.m. $23-$28. Actors Theatre of Charlotte, 650 E. Stonewall St. 704-342-2251. www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org.