Going Green in Greensburg: “Shrek” at The Palace; “Plaid Tidings” at Cabaret CPs 11/24/2013

1) A famous muppet once said that “it’s not easy being green,” and no fictitious character relates to that mantra more than Shrek the ogre. Based on the Dreamworks film, Shrek the Musical finishes its local run by the Stage Right company at The Palace Theatre with one final matinee. Join Shrek, Princess Fiona, Donkey, Prince Farquad, and your favorite fairy tale creatures in what Dreamworks calls “the greatest story never told.” The plot follows Shrek on his noble quest to rescue Princess Fiona from the dragon-guarded tower with 19 original songs to tell the tale of love, friendship, and the age-old ideal that true beauty is on the inside. Bring the kids for an afternoon of family fun! 2 p.m. 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg.

2) The boys in plaid are back to spread some Christmas cheer! Get into the holiday spirit with Plaid Tidings at The Cabaret at Theater Square. As in the original hit musical Forever Plaid, the foursome return from the afterlife once more to help add some harmony to the world, both literally and figuratively. The performance features some seasonal favorites of yesteryear and even includes a clip from “The Ed Sullivan Show” to take you back to a simpler time. The show injects its audience with those warm fuzzies reminiscent of past holidays for the perfect way to kick off the Christmas season. Runs through Jan. 12. 2 p.m. 655 Penn Ave., Cultural District.

3) Think your brothers and sisters are nuts? Sibling rivalry takes on a whole new meaning with True West at Pittsburgh Public Theater. This twist on the prodigal son story follows younger brother, Hollywood screenwriter Austin, and older brother, drifter and thief Lee, through their first encounter in over five years. Sam Shepard’s classic play brings the audience action, humor, and an insightful view of family dynamics. Runs through Dec. 8. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. 621 Penn Ave., Cultural District.

4) Hearty Sunday dinners aren’t just for the meat eaters or the financially comfortable. Grab some friends and head over to Brillobox for their Starving Artist Sunday Suppers. Every Sunday, the restaurant’s chef creates a different hearty vegetarian meal and offers it for just $6 to give you a break from your regularly scheduled ramen du jour. You’ll want to get there early, as the special only goes until the food runs out (and at that price, it will). 6 p.m. 4104 Penn Ave., Lawrenceville.