Padatik’s Beparwah Manto, at Padatik

Padatik Little Theatre 6/7 A J C Bose Road, Kolkata

A new dramatization of Manto’s stories, scripted and directed by Anubha Fatehpuria. They question very basic aspects of humanity — friendship, independence, slavery, belonging, longing, obscenity, civilization, culture — and if we have progressed at all from when he last held a mirror to his times.

Sudrak’s Shikh-kha Jatir Merudanda, at Academy

Academy of Fine Arts 2, Cathedral Rd, Maidan, Kolkata, West Bengal 700020, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Sudrak's new, so-called "uneducated" play directed by Debasis Majumdar.

Krishti (Ranchi)’s Nil Ranger Ghora, at Academy

Academy of Fine Arts 2, Cathedral Rd, Maidan, Kolkata, West Bengal 700020, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Mohit Chattopadhyaya's 1964 play loosely based on D.H. Lawrence's short story “The Rocking-horse Winner”, guest-directed by Saurav Palodhi, about a man’s visions of horses that win at the races, which come true, and how his greedy family pressures him to continue.

4th Bell’s Hapi-D, at Academy

Academy of Fine Arts 2, Cathedral Rd, Maidan, Kolkata, West Bengal 700020, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

An ebullient Bengali pastiche of Hamlet. 4th Bell had debuted in 2011 with this play, deliberately and delectably perverting Shakespeare's tragedy into a festive comedy written and directed by Aniruddha Dasgupta. Recommended: ★★★★

Pancham Vaidic’s Pulish, at Rabindra Sadan

Rabindra Sadan Cathedral Road, Kolkata

Acclaimed Polish dramatist Slawomir Mrozek’s dark political satire on power titled Police, adapted and directed by Arpita Ghosh.

Theatre Platform’s Gharer Madhye Bari, at Tapan

Tapan Theatre Kalighat

Dramatist-director Debasish’s new play about an old building facing demolition, whose residents face eviction, and whose inhabitants include non-humans too. Recommended: ★★★★

Ichheymoto’s Henry Kothay?, at Academy

Academy of Fine Arts 2, Cathedral Rd, Maidan, Kolkata, West Bengal 700020, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Director Saurav Palodhi’s adaptation of Clifford Odets’s 1935 socialist classic, Waiting for Lefty, about the poverty of taxi drivers in the USA.

Shohan’s Amirah, at Minerva

Minerva Theatre Utpal Dutt Sarani (Beadon Street), Kolkata

Inspired by Sophocles’ classic Greek tragedy Antigone, written by Anirban Sen and directed by Anish Ghosh.

Angik’s Binodini Opera, at Kala Mandir

Kala Mandir Shakespeare Sarani, Kolkata

Biographical drama on Nati Binodini co-written by Abanti Chakraborty and Sibashis Bandyopadhyay, and directed by Abanti Chakraborty.

Nat-ranga’s Chhayapather Sheshe, at Academy

Academy of Fine Arts 2, Cathedral Rd, Maidan, Kolkata, West Bengal 700020, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Dramatist-director Sohan Bandopadhyay’s ghostly comedy set in a dilapidated north Kolkata hall about to be demolished to make way for a mall. Resident spooks protest against the reigning politician’s corruption. Recommended: ★★★★