Dark comedy

Samyukta and Simran are two childhood friends and widows, living and sharing a house in a small town. As the story unfolds, one small confrontation changes their lives as it unravels the dark secrets hidden for over three decades. Scripted and directed by Smita Bharti, Jug Jug Jiyo is a dark comedy with a sharp witty intensity that talks about the future of unborn girls. Venue: Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, March 9 and 10. Time: 7.30 pm. Tickets available at the venue.

Reality of life

Presenting the thoughts of every modern woman and right thinking man, the play Fly, High, Firefly!, directed by Vanessa Ohri and Farah Khan will be staged this weekend.  It is like a modern urban woman’s mirror to herself and her society. Hilarious at times, poignant and hard hitting at others, the play depicts idiosyncrasies and stereotypes, the highs and lows of a woman’s life. Venue: Apparel House, Gurgaon, March 8 and 9. Time: 7.30 pm. Tickets available at the venue.

Humorous dialogue

Do You Really Love Me is a dark comedy in English directed by Rahul Sachdeva. It is a combination of two short plays where Act One is dialogue between two old men, one a seasoned player, the other, a hopeless bachelor, on the art of impressing women. Act two is an experimental piece of theatre, exploring the relationship dynamics between men and women, at various stages of life. Venue: Sri Ram Centre, Mandi House, Match 9 and 10. Time: 7 pm. Tickets available at the venue.

Comic act

Based on Ramesh Mehta’s play Daamaad, Yasin Khan has come up with Lo Gayi Bhaise Pani Me.  It revolves around Satyam and Naveen. Satyam is a man of principles whereas Naveen is a dishonest and corrupt municipal inspector. The dispute starts when Naveen’s father tries to finalise his son’s marriage with a village girl Kammo, with the interest of getting dowry. Interestingly, Kammo is Satyam’s beloved. Venue: Amphitheatre, Pearay Lal Bhawan, ITO. Time: 7 pm. Tickets available at the venue.

Reviving history

New Delhi Theatre Workshop will stage Aurangzeb. Directed by KS Rajendran, the play explores dispositions of various characters - Shahjahan and Aurangzeb; Dara Shikoh and Aurangzeb and Jahanara and Roshanara. Venue: India International Centre, Lodhi Estate, March 14. Time: 6:45 pm.

Dreams and desires

The Films and Theatre Society will celebrate a two-day long festival Stories of Dreams, Desires and Destinies this weekend. In this upcoming event two plays - Kali Shalwar and Bade Shehar Ke Log' will be staged. The former one is based on the desire of a prostitute to wear a black shalwaar on Moharram and the latter is the story of an ordinary writer who wants to make it big in Hindi film industry and in the process pays more than he should even have. Venue: Alliance Francaise, Lodhi Estate, March 9 and 10. Time: 7 pm. Tickets available at the venue and bookmyshow.com

Manto’s stories

The stories of Saadat Hasan Manto will be brought alive on stage with Mrigtrishna, a play narrating four different stories by the legendary author. It includes Khudkhushi, a sattire on suicide commited by youth;
Uska Ramu revolving around the everlasting desire of being loved; Beemar, based on
advice which gives no comfort; and Hattak an insight into the pleasures of the world. Venue: Akshara Theatre, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, March 9 and 10.
Time: 7 pm. Tickets available at the venue.