One of the pleasures of living in Bombay is the very active theatre scene in the city. For those visiting Bombay, a visit to the Prithvi Theatre located in the suburb of Juhu is highly recommended. And if you are lucky, you might also see the ravisingly beautiful Sanjana Kapoor who has been associated with Prithvi for a number of years.
But there are a couple of things you should know. One, The theatre is rather small; so it makes sense to book in advance. Most shows are fully booked and the chances of getting admission without prior booking are quite slim. Their website allows for online booking. The cost per ticket is around Rs. 350 per ticket.Second, The stage is shaped like a rough parallelogram which means it is importnt to be sitting directly in front of the stage. The seats to the side of the stage make for terrible viewing and must be avoided. It therefore becomes important to reach a good half an hour before the show start and get in the queue for admission.
Another thing to remember is that they are very strict about their policy of no admission once the play has commenced. So being punctual would be a good idea.
The best way to reach Prithvi is to take a slow western line suburban train and get off at Ville Parle station on the western side ( in Bombay, all suburban railway stations have an East exit and a West exit) and take an autorickshaw to Prithvi Theatre ( Rs. 20)
One more word of caution - plays are staged in English, Hindi and sometimes regional languages as well. So do make sure you don't end up watching a play in a language you do not understand.
Though the stage is quite small and the theatre lacking in modern day gadgetry, the qulaity of actors and directors it attracts makes Prithvi a showcase for the best of Indian theatre. The performers are first rate professionals and you are never disappointed.
The open air cafetaria is pretty ordinary in terms of quality of food served but it has the look and feel of a fashionable place to hang out, mainly because of the culturally evolved types who populate its precincts. A good meal after the play can be had at Alfredo, about hundred yards away from Prithvi, where they make a pretty decent Risotto Pompodoro (Rs. 450)
A visit to Prithvi should be combined with a stroll down the Juhu beach, right next door. One could also drop in at the Marriott near by for a drink or two.
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