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The Tallest Man The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: June 15-18 and Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 22 2010

Set in 1895, Jim Lynch's new play evokes surefire, bog-trotting Irish stereotypes--corrupt priests, rapacious British landlords, snobbish land-grubbers, boozing simpletons, superstitious peasants, resourceful tinkers, and a strategically convenient ghost. His blarney-soaked plot depicts a young couple's shrewd and twisted schemes to escape all of the above. John Mossman's staging subverts the Gaelic cliches with raucous zeal--an approach that fits the silly shenanigans in the first act, but backfires in the second, where it turns into melodrama what ought to be a sobering depiction of County Mayo rascals willing to sell land and loved ones for a price. Among several well-sharpened performances, Nick Horst's as a wronged local lad earns its anger. --Lawrence Bommer

Price: $15-$27

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