The Tallest Man in the World
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The Tallest Man in the World
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The Tallest Man in the World NYC Reviews and Tickets

59%
(30 Reviews)
Positive
40%
Mixed
40%
Negative
20%
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.


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Member Reviews (30)

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811 Reviews | 221 Followers
64
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. Read more

746 Reviews | 124 Followers
60
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.

687 Reviews | 114 Followers
70
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'

668 Reviews | 155 Followers
76
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. Read more

392 Reviews | 204 Followers
10
Confusing, Excruciating, Fluffy, Insipid, Overrated

See it if There was nothing about the play

Don't see it if Because it was dreadful!

302 Reviews | 82 Followers
70
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.

289 Reviews | 91 Followers
65
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.

287 Reviews | 81 Followers
35
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 Read more

Critic Reviews (4)

Theatre is Easy
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 themselves, leads us to piece together a through-line from constantly shifting accounts...It is these stylized trappings that make 'The Tallest Man in the World' deeply relatable."
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C
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 blissfully small. Seeing 'The Tallest Man in the World' should be high up on any theater fan's list."
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G
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 nonlinear play is very confusing...’The Tallest Man in the World’ is just not any good...This play lacked inspiration of any sort.”
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On Stage Blog
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 together each tangled thread...Not every question is answered and yet you walk out completely satisfied...Riain writes almost in poetry...A unique and beautiful piece of theatre."
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