Already closed | 2h 0m | West Village

Dolphins and Sharks

From 38 member  reviews
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. More…

Yusuf studies philosophy. Xiomara is ambitious. Isabel keeps it real. These are the employees of Harlem Office, a neighborhood copy shop, where promotions are rare and raises are even rarer. But when one employee is given the chance to move up, friendships are tested and loyalty turns out to be less valuable than cold hard cash. Soon cutbacks and office politics have everyone fighting to keep their jobs and their sanity in this searing new play about clocking in, clocking out, and rising up.

2h 0m | Already closed | Bank Street Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (38)

MEMBERS SAY:

Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining
80
Avg Score

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..

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Also I WAS excited to see a contemporary play about a COMMON workplace expe... Read more Read less

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

Also The scene transitions utilized strobe lights and various cast members ... Read more Read less

81
Cliched, Great acting, Funny, Great staging, Intense

See it if You like superb set design. Racial plays (black and Hispanic cast). Office comedy/ drama. A lil preachy, but, pretty good.

Don't see it if You hate the "N" word. Office dynamics. Issues with gentrification, specifically Harlem. Cussing. Slavery references & hating "the man".

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Intense

See it if You enjoy ensemble acting. Story reminds us that at some point colleagues who rise to manager positions go from us to "them." You know them.

Don't see it if You don't like dramas about the working classes and the issues influencing their ability to rise to success.

78
Relevant, Intelligent, Humorous

See it if Good cast , relevant story but COP Out ending. Humorous.

Don't see it if Noise level and static unnecessarily high. Creative idea that was overdone.

74
Absorbing, Ambitious, Well staged, Definitely relevant, Cliched

See it if you seek believable conflict between the characters, but

Don't see it if you expect a realistic ending. Mouthing epithets is not a way forward any more than "Just say No" was an answer 30 years ago.

80
Great writing, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if lower working class struggle, sex, race and class issues

Don't see it if dislike the above

85
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you enjoy a fast-pace talking serious-comedic play about office politics in a small environment

Don't see it if you're offended by certain language

65
Banal, Disappointing

See it if you want to see an earnest production in an impressive set about very hackneyed concepts of office hiring and promotion

Don't see it if you are going to ask yourself for 2 hours: why did they bother to make a play about this, and what's with all the laser projections?

86
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you like smart, character-driven plays about contemporary life; if you like superlative work by charismatic cast (w/awesome projections)

Don't see it if you can't w/stylized interstitials &/or new plays that are still slightly overwritten; if you are not entertained by workplace anxieties

91
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if You like a new show with great effects, good acting, set in Harlem - what happens when a peer is promoted to manager. Resonant ,compelling

Don't see it if You don't like new plays in small theatres about with attitude about race and the man. Or flashing lights. Thanks

81
Clever, Entertaining, Relevant, Edgy

See it if You have an interest in seeing power struggles in the service industry. Racial stereotypes play a big role in this production.

Don't see it if You are not interested in the plight of the working man or woman

Also Interesting interactions between the characters in the play. You get a... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting

See it if You want to be entertained but you want some meat on the bone. Funny, realistic look at dead end jobs in Harlem.

Don't see it if You have trouble with understanding street lingo, and don't care about marginalized populations.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if All I can say about this show is that it's dope.

Don't see it if There's no reason to not see this show. See this show.

Also Great script, great set design, great acting, and a really relevant an... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy well written plays that tackle social issues while also telling an entertaining story

Don't see it if you prefer lighter plays

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you want smart, provocative, engrossing, new work done by powerful, hilarious actors in an expertly-staged and sharply-designed production.

Don't see it if you hated RASHEEDA SPEAKING; this play has shades of that one, but is grittier and more erratic (in great, realistic ways, in my opinion).

76
Funny, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if your interested in a contemporary story that's easy to digest and clever at the same time

Don't see it if your looking for a more classic theatre without urban language

70
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Cliched

See it if You enjoy strong realistic plays that are very in your face.

Don't see it if The script is the weakest part of it.

86
Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Riveting, Intense

See it if you're into stories about working people

Don't see it if you don't care about the issues of the middle or lower class


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 scen...
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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...
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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 to...
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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 th...
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