As for the characterizations, Packer goes for broke — with mixed results. Most of the actors are multiply cast, flitting among Greek and Trojan personas. The most impressive double turn is by Robert Walsh as a sleazy low-rent Pandarus sporting stubble and a cummerbund, and a stonily fierce Agamemnon in Second World War threads. On the other hand, Johnnie McQuarley, so compelling in Company One's The Brother/Sister Plays, has been directed to play "beef-witted" Ajax like something out of The Flintstones. (He is also a subdued Paris.) Craig Mathers proves a savvy Ulysses, and Bobbie Steinbach does a daring turn as a Priam seemingly beset by Parkinson's disease and dementia. Maurice Emmanuel Parent, though he shouts too much, is an ardent, disciplined Troilus. And Brooke Hardman is an unusually gutsy Cressida, as done in by sexual profiling as by her own nature.

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