CHICAGO--Ending its 1997-98 season on a classical note, Northlight Theatre has turned to Sophocles' ancient saga of the much wronged Philoctetes, the Trojan War and the magic bow of Hercules. Working from a new translation by Amlin Gray, this "new" Greek drama will be the final Northlight offering by long- term director Russell Vandenbroucke. Opening May 13, Vandenbroucke's "swan song" features David Studwell as a Greek warrior abandoned by the wily Ulysses (David Darlow). After years of exile, Philoctetes discovers that his magic bow is cherished as the weapon that will help the Greeks triumph over Troy. But Philoctetes remembers the injustice done him and, well, the rest is legend. For information call 312-633-1992.
-- By Lawrence Bommer