When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through March 25 2017
Kander and Ebb's Zorba is a show that many critics feel hasn't aged well. It's important to keep in mind that critics are a sullen lot, and a musical that loudly and unashamedly declares that life is worth living because of the endless flow of joy and woe is perhaps too much for the mondo dismos of the press. Zorba is an older man who pursues women the same way he dances -- with lusty abandon -- and attaches himself to Nikos, a young man who comes to Crete to get the family's mine back in the black. Under Zorba's tutelage, Nikos learns to live for the moment, because the future is "a pig's behind," according to Zorba's philosophy. Together they chase women, sing, dance and enjoy the inevitable pain because it makes their too-brief joy that much sweeter. New Line Theatre presents Zorba at 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday (March 2 to 25) at the Marcelle Theater (3310 Samuel Shepard Drive; www.newlinetheatre.com). Tickets are $10 to $25.