This cosy, 200-seat spot is one of the best places to see both mainstream and experimental theatre. The other attraction is the tree-shaded cafe outside where you can people-watch as you drink their famous Irish coffee. Here’s a quick round-up of plays coming up this fortnight.
A tribute to Dr. Narendra Dabholkar, the rationalist who was assassinated in 2013, Andhaar is a Marathi play put together by the students of Pune’s Abasaheb Garware Mahavidyalaya. An allegory on the grip of superstition on society, the play is set in a village whose residents live in darkness. When a man comes bearing light, they react with suspicion.
When: Tuesday, July 2 at 6pm and Wednesday, July 3 at 7pm.
Writer-director Faezeh Jalali’s English drama is a cheeky retelling of the story of Shikhandi from Mahabharata. In her drama, Shikhandi is reborn female (instead of male as per the Mahabharata) and raised as a boy, whose sex is changed on her wedding night thanks to a spirit.
When: Thursday, July 4 at 6.30pm and 9pm.
‘A Farming Story’
Will hummals (human animals) survive adverse environmental conditions and accommodate a group of hummal monkeys fleeing forest fires? Find out in writer Vineet Bhalla and director Faezeh Jalali’s dystopian English drama.
When: Friday, July 5 at 6pm and 9pm.
Directed by MS Sathyu and adapted by Kaifi Azmi, Aakhri Shama is based on the prolific Urdu writer Mirza Farhatullah Baig’s book Dilli Ka Ek Yaadgar Mushaira. It’s about the final poetry symposium held by the Mughal court in 1857, a time of great turmoil in Delhi.
When: Saturday, July 6 at 6pm and 9pm.
‘Kaifi Aur Main’
Kaifi Aur Main is a tribute, in Hindustani, to the noted Urdu poet Kaifi Azmi. Written by Javed Akhtar, Azmi’s son-in-law and performed by Akhtar and Azmi’s daughter Shabana Azmi, the performance tells the story of the poet’s life through the eyes of his wife Shaukat Kaifi.
When: Sunday, July 7 at 6pm and 9pm.
Based on the Gothic horror novel The Woman in Black by Susan Hill and folk tales from Kutch and Maharashtra, Tee is a Marathi drama about an angry female spirit.
When: Tuesday, July 9 and Wednesday, July 10 at 8pm.
Director Om Katare’s Hindi adaptation of Jaywant Dalvi’s original Marathi play, Kaal Chakra is the story of an old couple whose children abandon them. The two look for people to adopt them and, surprisingly, a young couple comes forward.
When: Thursday, July 11 at 9pm.
We’ve watched Ramleela. But what happens when Raavan refuses to die only to extort a pay raise? Watch director Om Katare’s Hindi comedy.
When: Friday, July 12 at 9pm.
Director Sunil Shanbag stages writers Prithviraj Kapoor and Inderraj Sehgal’s 1945 drama Deewar. The play, a comment on colonialism, was staged by Prithvi Theatre, which was at the time a travelling theatre company started by Kapoor. Two land-owning brothers control a peaceful fief. One day, foreigners arrive and disrupt the lives of the brothers and their subjects.
When: Saturday, July 13 at 6pm and 9pm and Sunday, July 14 at 5pm and 8pm.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutri, Juhu Church Road.
For more plays at Prithvi Theatre, see here.