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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Edgy, Ambitious, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you like something different, thought-provoking, edgy. You want to experience tremendous writing.

Don't see it if you want to see a bland start to finish easy to follow 'entertaining' play

Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you like challenging theatre. Non-linear but not experimental either. Unusual. Beautiful writing and very moving. Great performances too.

Don't see it if You like straightforward stories or quick-fire dialogue.

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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