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

80%
(38 Ratings)
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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Show-Score Member Reviews (38)

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79 Reviews | 58 Followers
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. Read more

don
506 Reviews | 1005 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..

65 Reviews | 17 Followers
95
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if You want a entertaining, well acted & thought provoking show that exposes you to aspects of real life you may not know.

Don't see it if You don't want to see shows that expose you to life outside of your normal bubble.

62 Reviews | 17 Followers
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).

TT
147 Reviews | 28 Followers
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

239 Reviews | 33 Followers
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.

475 Reviews | 59 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.

118 Reviews | 27 Followers
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

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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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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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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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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