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This Week in Theatre: Shrek, Vindication of Senyora Clito Mestres, Morro and Jasp, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Seagull

This week in theatre rounds up the most noteworthy live theatre playing right now in Toronto. It includes just-opened shows as well as productions that are about to close.

Shrek: The Musical / Toronto Centre for the Arts / 7:30pm/2:00pm / $34-$100+
Joining the ranks of a number of successful franchises that have inevitably made their way to stage is Shrek: The Musical, inspired by the three films featuring that lovable Ogre and his pal Donkey. It takes the first film as its source material — Shrek enters the Kingdom to rescue the feisty princess and encounters a number of obstacles along the way. The stage version features 19 new songs and actors outfitted in over-the-top costumes. I can't imagine that anything can trump the animated voices of Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy, but I'm sure the script sticks faithfully to the film.

The Vindication of Senyora Clito Mestres / Theatre Passe Muraille / 7:30pm/2:00pm / $18-$25
Profiling a woman who finds herself at an unexpected crossroads, The Vindication of Senyora Clito Mestres features Dragana Varagic in a reprise of her Dora Award nominated role. Inspired by the Greek queen Clitemnestra — a woman who loses her husband, her child, and her identity — the play focuses on an actress who uses theatre as a means to find herself and overcome the immense tragedies she's suffered. Varagic received rave reviews for her portrayal of this character over a decade ago.

Morro and Jasp: Go Bake Yourself / Cahoots Theatre / 8:30pm/4:00pm / $10-$15
Veteran clownsters Morro and Jasp, one of the funniest twosomes in the city, are back with their Fringe hit Go Bake Yourself for a limited run at Cahoots Theatre. Billed as a blend of Martha Stewart and Hell's Kitchen, who knows what kind of funny these gals will get up to with a host of culinary props. The sibling rivalry will most likely feature strongly when the rollings pins and munchies get thrown into the mix. It's a dish best served with a side of clown.

The Diary of Anne Frank / Al Green Theatre / 7:30pm/1:30pm / $18-$25
Shakespeare in Action's sold-out production from 2011, The Diary of Anne Frank returns for audiences young and old at the Al Green Theatre at the Miles Nadal JCC. The story of Anne Frank, now familiar but never tired, explores the horror and cruelty of the holocaust from the perspective of a young girl with a mature perspective on the world. Sashca Cole plays Anne in this production from director Michael Kelly.

The Seagull
/ National Ballet - Four Seasons Centre / 7:30pm/2:00pm / $25-$100+

While it may lack the subtleties of Anton Chekov's original characters and the complex portraits of personal struggle, The Seagull, a ballet from John Neumeier is sure to find poignant moments of its own told through dance. The themes of love and artistic sensibility, intergenerational negotiation, and the nature of love itself are set to the music of Dmitri Shostakovich, Evelyn Glennie, Pyotr Iliych Tchaikovsky and Alexander Scriabin. With a short run from March 21-25, fans of the Russian playwright should catch the ballet before it closes.

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