Everything old is new again — no truer an adage than with The Heal, which opens the latest season of The Getty Villa Outdoor Classical Theater’s dramatic offerings. This time, it’s the allegory of Phil — actually Philoctetes the abandoned Thessalian, embittered and embattled on a desert island, withering from his wounds — and how he heals himself of his all-consuming hatred of Odysseus, who left him on that island in the first place. When Odysseus petitions Phil for his poison arrows that will help win the Trojan War, everything hinges on how much forgiveness Phil has in his heart for brave Odysseus.

Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades; Thu., Sept. 5, 8 p.m.; $36-40. (310) 440-7300, getty.edu.

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