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

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.

During previews
Just because it's an irish play doesn't mean it's good

See it if Well,this kind of experimental poetic monologue thing is generally not 4 me but if you want far from the mainstream and taboo subjects maybe

Don't see it if You expect a NYC play to have good acting,writing&directing.Like to see the actors who are delivering the lines.Have any expectations at all

Also I wanted to walk out during the first 5 minutes when the dialogue was ... Read more Read less

During previews
Confusing, Banal, Tedious

See it if You like interlocking monologues about flawed and broken people. Enjoy fairly experimental plays. Like to try to sort out a plot.

Don't see it if You want a coherent plot for most of the play and not to have to strain for any idea. You want most aspects of the story to fit together.

Also This is a very tedious play. Like the first reviewer if it wasn’t rude... Read more Read less

During previews
Vague, Quirky, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you're up for the tough challenge of adding clarity to a too-vague script with too many vague characters and no discernible payoff.

Don't see it if you have even the slightest difficulty in following actors playing an unknown number of vague characters who may or may not overlap.

Also It takes a tight script with deft writing for a show with 3 actors pla... Read more Read less

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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