A whole bunch of theater presentations are ending their runs this weekend, so get on out there if you want to see them.
The Wiz, which has been drawing huge crowds to the Miller Outdoor Theater and has extended twice, absolutely, positively must close this weekend. Be aware you might encounter some long lines in trying to get the free tickets for covered seats, and sitting on the hill can get a little tough too. But it's free, the Ensemble has put together an energetic, classy production, and maybe the heat won't be that bad.
If wacky zaniness is more your speed, then you might want to get to Radio Music Theater's The Story of Burford, Category 5. "You'll love experiencing the lighter side of a Category 5 hurricane hitting Houston," the company's promos say, and who are we to argue? Tickets are $24 and more information is available at their website.
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Also closing this week: Steel Magnolias at the A.D. Players, and, at Stages, The Tamarie Cooper Show: Journey to the Center of My Mind (In 3-D!)
In the art world, among the closings are "Jonathan Leach: New Work" at the Gallery Sonja Resch ("Leach's work boldly dances on the line between depiction and abstraction dipping and twirling architectural elements such as telephone poles, office buildings, and billboards into stripes, swathes of color, and bisecting lines," the gallery says).
(Are we wrong for wondering if Sonja Resch is kin to legendary New York Islanders goalie Chico Resch? Probably. But then we're only filling in temporarily on this art thing.)
It's also your last chance to check out "Suspect Traces: A Summer Group Show," which combines the work of 19 artists, at the Texas Gallery.