Already closed | 1h 30m | Midtown W

The Tallest Man in the World

From 30 member  reviews
Members say: Confusing, Ambitious, Slow, Thought-provoking, Quirky

About the show

"The Tallest Man in the World" is a play about an unspeakable love, almighty difference and the torment of memory.


Two men. One woman. Treacherously connected, yet forever alone. It's a play about love, torment, memories and loss. They are suspended in a timeless place with only their memories for company. Should we ever have to ask for love? Presented with generous support from Culture Ireland.

1h 30m | Already closed | The Tank (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (30)


Confusing, Ambitious, Slow, Thought-provoking, Quirky
Avg Score

Thought-provoking, Slow, Quirky, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if Intriguing yet puzzling drama about three Irish misfits who's lives seem to be intertwined Equally poetic & cryptic; often feels allegorical

Don't see it if Xia works hard to stage (with levels) in Tank's cramped black box & Riain's drama lacks linear structure Kilgore fares best as 'tallest man'

Well played, Choppy, Poetic, Intriguing

See it if you like poetic dramas that tinker with the form.

Don't see it if the mix of poetic language with vernacular English & naturalistic storylines with a mythic tale might bother you unduly.

Also I do not think “The Tallest Man in the World” is a fully successful pl... Read more Read less

Quirky, Confusing, Too hot, Slow, Off night

See it if you like lyrical Irish plays with actors thoroughly engaged.

Don't see it if you want a linear story in a properly staged venue.

Also The play started very late due to an MIA stage manager with the light ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Contrived, Poorly staged, Slow, Confusing

See it if watching people in physical and emotional pain interests you. These characters live in misery.

Don't see it if you dislike waiting in confusion for necessary information that the author drips out bit by bit over the course of the play.

Edgy, Confusing, Excruciating, Great writing, Great acting

See it if dark, introspective, long, convoluted Irish drama addressing incest, exploitation, depression, isolation, addiction, death intrigue you.

Don't see it if you cannot follow complex plot line with few actors playing multiple roles not matching their ethnicities, nationalities, accents, and ages.

Confusing, Excruciating, Fluffy, Insipid, Overrated

See it if There was nothing about the play

Don't see it if Because it was dreadful!

Slow, Confusing, disconnected, disappointing, well- acted

See it if You are ok with being confused by a story and like unconventional theater.

Don't see it if You want to see stories that don't leave you in the dark.

Edgy, Ambitious, Confusing, Good performances, Interesting writing

See it if u'll enjoy a prose poem acted out; won't mind that characters interact w/ one another in atypical ways & don't mind non-lineal plots.

Don't see it if u are uncomfortable w/dark themes; prefer traditional theatre;dislike characters who deliver long monalogues & don't really interact.

Also I think this may actually be more interesting on the printed page or p... Read more Read less

Some worthy imagery but..., Poorly staged, Diffuse, Dull

See it if you want to support this experimental theater & young, inexperienced players; can put effort into "getting" the Irish 'magical realism'

Don't see it if you expect great Irish prose & instead get 3 stereotypes: alcoholic father, a hyperdramatic daughter & the distant "Finn McCool" giant

Also Very disappointed. I LOVE quirky Irish plays, but this is just a meand... Read more Read less

Poetic, Slow, Quirky, Confusing

See it if you can follow actors playing multiple roles (I think) in a non-traditional script

Don't see it if you need a linear plot or don't like actors speaking (and sometimes seemingly mumbling) in accents.

Also Just finding a seat in the cramped space was a bit chaotic.

Overdone, Confusing, Overwritten, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if You like confusing, melodramatic pieces about sad people tormented by ugly pasts

Don't see it if You need to really understand and engage with what you are seeing

Slow, Indulgent, Excruciating, Dizzying, Confusing

See it if you like lyrical theater or philosophical writing

Don't see it if you want a linear plot or any semblance of understanding who is what and where at any given moment

Disappointing, Confusing

See it if If you like shows with a very simple stage setup and if you prefer a small cast.

Don't see it if If you want to see a show with a more fancy stage setup with a bigger cast

Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if Enjoy Irish sentiment, but it really isn’t very Irish. Some of it was poetic, some was repetitive and banal.

Don't see it if You are claustrophobic in small dark spaces,

Confusing, Slow, Indulgent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you like watching a dramatization of what is essentially a long poem.

Don't see it if you do not like lyrical, poetic writing. You prefer more action.

Slow, Quirky, Confusing

See it if you like new/raw theatre or works-in-progress and enjoy a bit of a puzzle-piece plotline

Don't see it if you need everything chronological or expect a polished performance

Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like plays that are well-written with intense subject matter, good acting and direction and highly professional production values.

Don't see it if If you're not into heavy topics with sexual content and dramatic productions.

Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You are willing to engage with challenging materially beautifully writand artfully presented. It is a gorgeous psycho-sexual memory plan.

Don't see it if You demand chronological literalism.

Also The playwright turns prose into poetry with the judicious use of allit... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Intense, Poetic

See it if you are intrigued by poetic monologues

Don't see it if you cannot follow somewhat vague storyline and character transitions

Also there were moments of beautiful poetry to which I felt pleasantly surp... Read more Read less

Overrated, Slow, Quirky, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You love provocative and strange theatre shows.

Don't see it if You don't like avante garde and strange theatre.

Intelligent, Intense, Great staging, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if Dramatic, emotional and captivating. Poetically written and performed. At the end the audience sat quitely absorbing what they experienced.

Don't see it if It’s definitely for adults. The subject matter is serious.

Also Thank you to the playwright for her words and to the actors for their ... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever

See it if enjoy a compelling story line. Nice timing on the dialog between characters. Could have been a bit more dynamic but still enjoyable

Don't see it if .... you don't like a small theater space and being very close to the actors.

Intense, Indulgent, Absorbing

See it if You like serious trauma dealt with by lyrical dream-fugue dialogues, and you care the most about the power of that writing and acting.

Don't see it if you don't want to be triggered by very, very intense discussions of sexual and family trauma.

Enchanting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if Intriguing premise - took a while to realise what had happened. Would love to read it. Strong performances and lovely use of light.

Don't see it if You like big loud theatre!

Thought-provoking, Profound, Great writing

See it if Powerful writing, a really intricate piece of storytelling. The last scene and the last image were kind of haunting.

Don't see it if If like fast paced comedy or straightforward plays.

March 11th, 2019
"A haunting, poetic tale of love and loneliness...Ailís Ní Ríain’s 'The Tallest Man in the World' articulates this concept through the voices of three characters, each secluded but linked through fractured memories and frustrated longing...The play’s non-linear structure, evocative of memories th...
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March 14th, 2019
"For a play including rapes, suicides, gravely misdirected desire, and the anguish of the need to be loved, 'The Tallest Man in the World' is funny as often as it is harsh or elegiac. This play is likely to stick with audiences like Eamonn's encounter with the one woman who ever made him feel bli...
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March 11th, 2019
“’The Tallest Man in the World’ at best is very vague...Unfortunately, Riain does not challenge, provoke, nor engage us with this mess...The problem with this play is not only poor direction by Xia, but it is poorly written...Riain only touches on things, barely scratching the surface...This nonl...
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March 9th, 2019
"'The Tallest Man in the World' tells a relatable story through an abstract lense...The story is told non-linearly, traveling back and forth from location to location, from past to present, and back again. This style ensures that you, as an audience member, are always thinking, trying to piece to...
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