Prithvi Theatre has been a hub for theatre in Mumbai ever since it opened in 1978. The cosy, 200-seater theatre has an attached cafe to it, so you can indulge in people-watching over Irish coffee while you wait to watch a play.  Here’s the line-up for the month.

‘Bone of Contention in Cosmopolitan CHS’

Directed and written by Faezeh Jalali, this satire, performed in a mix of English, Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati, follows the journey of a wayward bone from one home to another and the friction that ensues in its wake. Read our review here.
When: Friday, March 13 at 6.30pm and 9pm.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu.

‘Shikhandi’

Shikhandi, the character from the Mahabharata is considered trans owing to his rather eventful past. Faezeh Jalali directs this modern-day English retelling of Shikandi’s story (pictured above).
When: Saturday, March 14 at 6pm and 9pm.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu.

‘Giving Up On Godot’

Set in a dystopian future, a writer finds himself in a correctional facility with no idea of how he got there or what he’s being treated for. Manav Kaul directs Shivani Tanksale, Ajitesh Gupta and Abhijeet Singh in this Hindi play.
When: Tuesday, March 14 to Friday, March 20 at 7pm and 9pm.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu.

‘The Lesson’

Sukant Goel directs Atul Kumar, Anastasiya and Jaya Virlley in this English adaptation by Donald Watson of Eugene Ionesco’s absurd classic, The Lesson. A professor acquires a new pupil. As the lesson progresses, the professor gets increasingly agitated over his student’s ignorance. The student, on the other hand, becomes increasingly timid.
When: Saturday, March 21 at 6pm and 9pm and Sunday, March 22 at 5pm and 8pm.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu.

‘Manto, Ismat…Hazir Hain’

Directed by Naseeruddin Shah, this long-running Hindustani drama is a suite of four performances. Saadat Hasan Manto’s ‘Bu’ and Ismat Chugtai’s ‘Lihaf’, for which both writers stood trial on charges of obscenity in Lahore in 1946; Manto’s ‘Titwal Ka Kutta’; Chugtai’s ‘Un Byaahtaon Ke Naam’, an account of the trial.
When: Tuesday, March 24 to Friday, March 27 at 9pm.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu.

‘Kambakhat Bilkul Aurat’

Also known as Ismat Aapa Ke Naam II. Naseeruddin Shah directs Manoj and Seema Pahwa and Jaya Virlley in three stories by Urdu writer Ismat Chugtai: ‘Amar Bel’, ‘Nanhi ki Naani’ and ‘Do Haath’.
When: Saturday, March 28 at 6pm and 9pm and Sunday, March 29 at 5pm and 8pm.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu.

‘Phirse Honeymoon’

Can revisiting their honeymoon destination rekindle the spark in a couple’s fading relationship? Sandesh Kulkarni directs this Hindi play starring Amruta Subhash, Sandesh Kulkarni, Amit Phalke and Kaushal Jobanputra.
When: Tuesday, March 31 at 9pm and Wednesday, April 1 at 9pm.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu.

For more plays at Prithvi Theatre, see here.