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

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

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?

60
Confusing, Disappointing, Relevant, Slow, Good acting

See it if enjoy a really great set design, are looking for extremely topical theater combining issues about race and income inequality.

Don't see it if You are hoping for a clear plot line and real charachter development, you want the directing and design ideas integrated with the script.


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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