Dolphins and Sharks
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Dolphins and Sharks
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Dolphins and Sharks NYC Reviews and Tickets

80%
(38 Reviews)
Positive
87%
Mixed
8%
Negative
5%
Members say
Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

About the Show

Labyrinth Theater Company presents the world premiere of this timely comedy, which grapples with income inequality, gentrification, and cutthroat capitalism.

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Member Reviews (38)

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677 Reviews | 150 Followers
82
Clever, Great staging, Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy funny workplace comedies with a social sting and great performances, wondrous set, creative use of video, projections and movement

Don't see it if you find workplace plots hit too close to home, you've been negatively impacted by the economy, you can't relate to entry level workers

687 Reviews | 113 Followers
83
Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing

See it if Tyler's tight, well written play about vicious office politics in Harlem copy shop. Fine ensemble shines in cut-throat economic environment

Don't see it if Brathwaite's staging a little too showy & distracting but not overly harming A slight scene trim could help pace Great immersive set

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506 Reviews | 1001 Followers
95
Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if wish to see 5 talented actors delving into the multi-cultural racist views with clever insight.Many powwere struggles ensue. Great sets and

Don't see it if from above.. Scenic Design Super.. Only negative could be some rapid dialogue..

470 Reviews | 112 Followers
73
Absorbing, Great acting

See it if Well-acted real-time workplace drama about the workers who are trying to support themselves & their families at the Harlem copy store.

Don't see it if Has a bizarre abrupt ending.

411 Reviews | 72 Followers
79
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to understand the critical importance of paying at least the minimum wage or better a living wage.

Don't see it if You think profit trumps fairness.

371 Reviews | 52 Followers
90
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if if you want to see a play that keeps you constantly absorbed in an important story

Don't see it if you only want to see light hearted tales.

363 Reviews | 60 Followers
25
Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, This is an example of what not to do in the workplace

See it if like a good idea, but FLAWED follow through.

Don't see it if you like well developed idea for a play. Read more

306 Reviews | 152 Followers
60
Clever, Dizzying, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy works that provide social commentary on issues like workplace inequality

Don't see it if you are expecting a comedy. While it is billed as a comedy and has funny moments, it is more commentary that comedy Read more

Critic Reviews (16)

The New York Times
March 5th, 2017

"What comes across most forcefully in this overstuffed workplace drama is tedium: the ceaseless petty bickering of employees amid a surfeit of exposition about their jobs...At the very top of the play, things look promising...But this is a production divided against itself. Between each flat scene, Ms. Brathwaite imposes jolting moments of sensory overload: a confusion of projections, flashing lights, video and high-volume sound that contributes little to telling the story at hand."
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Theatermania
March 1st, 2017

"A brilliant new play…Encapsulating the cruelty of 21st-century capitalism in one retail outpost, Tyler conveys a gut-level understanding of this world in which more and more is expected for less and less...Director Charlotte Brathwaite builds the tension of this seemingly mundane workplace drama slowly and surely, leaving us gasping for breath by the end…The production benefits from excellent performances…It's a strikingly accurate depiction of where we are as a society.”
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Lighting & Sound America
March 2nd, 2017

"Under Charlotte Brathwaite's direction, the tension level is constantly on the rise...All five roles feel fully lived in, thanks to the aces cast...A lot of passion has gone into staging 'Dolphins and Sharks,' but a little light and noise goes a long way, and the production might benefit from toning it down a bit. That doesn't mean Tyler doesn't have a knack for writing scenes that ripple with tension and confrontations that crackle."
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Talkin' Broadway
March 2nd, 2017

"The play is a fiercely comic, provocative, and, at times, harrowing work that explores with great insight the tense socio-economic and racially charged landscape...A real strength of the play lies in the way that the atmosphere changes gradually...Charlotte Brathwaite directs all of this with the precision of a choreographer...It is a great tribute to the playwright and to the cast that everyone 'keeps it real,' with performances that are completely character-driven."
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Theatre is Easy
March 5th, 2017

“The drama that results from these overlapping conflicts is absorbing, and the excellent cast goes all in…From time to time, Tyler’s dialogue puts his message right into the characters’ mouths, turning what is mostly an extremely well-crafted portrait of a specific environment into a polemic. Despite leaning a bit too much on metaphor, ‘Dolphins and Sharks’ is an engaging addition to the theatrical conversation about the people American capitalism has left behind.”
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Theater Pizzazz
March 1st, 2017

"Daily power struggles are entirely credible under the direction of Charlotte Brathwaite, who masterfully incorporates movement sequences...Some of the repetition becomes wearisome. However, there is a satisfying and simple truth to the main characters trading stories about their home lives...Playwright James Anthony Tyler...keeps it real. The language is rhythmic, and the negotiations are incessant. The tiers of struggle are felt before resolution is approached."
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CurtainUp
March 8th, 2017

“The play's roles, as written by Tyler, are distinctive and minutely observed; and, under Charlotte Brathwaite's sensitive direction, the superb cast makes quite a meal on what the author has given them…Tyler's dialogue crackles with street credibility; and the events of the play are generally believable. Despite its strengths, though, the script is overlong. Parts of the twisty plot are predictable; and, in the second act, bickering among the co-workers becomes wearisomely repetitive.”
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Front Row Center
March 3rd, 2017

"Flavored with sharp observations on race, the economy, class, and culture. The dialog is zingy, the pace is crisp, and the ensemble cast works supremely well together...Kudos to director Charlotte Brathwaite for moving the tale along so nicely. Where the playwright’s youth betrays him is in the ending of the play. There really isn’t one...Tyler has an exciting new voice in the theater and I’m interested to see what it will say when he matures a little."
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