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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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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