Prithvi Theatre has been a cradle for drama in Mumbai ever since it opened in 1978. The cosy, 200-seat theatre has a swell cafe attached. Watch a play and then do some people-watching over Irish coffee at the cafe. Here’s what to watch in the first fortnight of August.
‘Yeh Hai Bombay Meri Jaan’
Writer-director Nadira Babbar’s Hindi comedy Yeh Hai Bombay Meri Jaan follows a group of immigrants who arrive in Mumbai to make it big.
When: Tuesday, August 20 and Wednesday, August 21 at 9pm.
‘Dayashankar ki Diary’
In writer and director Nadira Zaheer Babbar’s Hindi drama, Dayashankar, played by Ashish Vidyarthi, comes to Mumbai from a small town with big dreams of becoming a Bollywood star. Instead, he ends up working a low wage job.
When: Thursday, August 22 at 6.30pm and 9pm.
‘Ji, Jaisi Aapki Marzi’
Writer and director Nadira Zaheer Babbar’s Hindi drama is a set of four monologues on the roles a woman plays in her family, that of a wife, mother, sister and daughter.
When: Friday, August 23 at 9pm.
Pondicherry-based theatre group Adishakti explores the character of Bali, the king of apes in the Ramayana, in this English drama by writer and director Nimmy Raphel.
When: Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25 at 6pm and 9pm.
In writer-director Manav Kaul’s long-running Hindi play, actors Sumeet Vyas, Shubhrojyoti Barat and Kumud Mishra play three men vying for the best seat in the park.
When: Tuesday, August 27 and Wednesday, August 28 at 7pm and 9pm.
Set in a small town, writer-director Manav Kaul’s Hindi comedy Chuhal is about a blooming romance between Aarti and Sudhir. A simple guy, Sudhir falls almost immediately for the vivacious Aarti. She’s fond of him but he might be too ordinary for her.
When: Thursday, August 29 and Friday, August 31st at 7pm and 9pm.
‘One Night Only’
Aravan discovers he’s the son of Arjun in this English and Hindi, movement-filled play (pictured above) written by Tahira Nath and Amey Mehta and directed by Mehta. He accepts a task given by wily Krishna. There’s one night before he must perform the task and it’s entirely possible plans might go awry.
When: Saturday, August 31 at 7pm and 9pm.
For more plays at Prithvi Theatre, see here.