The drama Orphans, by Lyle Kessler, has its final performance this weekend. The stage is set when two young men, getting by pulling petty crimes, kidnap a drunken businessman. Things don't go as planned, however, when the three, all of them orphans, form a pseudo-family. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Country Playhouse, 12802 Queensbury. For information, call 713-467-4497 or visit www.countryplayhouse.org. $12.
This is your last chance to see "Henrique Oliveira: Tapumes," the first solo exhibit in the US for the Brazilian artist. Using salvaged wood he collected from the streets of Sao Paulo, Oliveira created several site specific installations which he calls "tridimensionals," a mixture of sculpture, architecture, and painting. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For information, call 713-348-6069 or visit www.ricegallery.org. Free.
The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston's Teen Council packs up "Perspectives 165: Contents Under Pressure," a group show with work by more than 40 young artists. Work includes photography, painting, video, and sculpture. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 5216 Montrose. For information, call 713-284-8250 or visit www.camh.org. Free.
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Wordsmyth Theater Company's 2009 Texas Playwrights Reading Series closes out its season for the year with The Good Son by Joe Barnes. The play is centered on family matriarch Violet Barkleys. Her whole family has gathered for her birthday party, including her dead husband and son. As the celebration progresses family secrets, some insignificant and some life-changing, are uncovered. Press materials call it "an unflinching look at how the past shapes the present." Playwright Barnes will be available after the reading for a discussion with the audience. 7 p.m. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Parkway. For information, call 281-788-8007 or visit www.wordsmyththeater.org. Free (but donations are accepted)