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

80
Riveting, Relevant, Hilarious, Thought-provoking

See it if You like unconventional theater delivered in ghetto vernacular...no holding back in down to earth interaction and telling it like it is.

Don't see it if You need a traditional stage where you easedrop on the action. Here, you feel caught in the middle from your still comfy seats.

Also The acting is energetic and appropriately loud. Language might turn so... Read more Read less

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

88
Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Hilarious, Thought-provoking

See it if You're interested in seeing/understanding the sacrifices people have to make and how it affects friendships.

Don't see it if You're tired of hearing about American struggles.

95
Edgy, Masterful, Relevant, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you are into cutting edge direction and extremely relevant and real writing with excellent acting to boot! It's REALLY good.

Don't see it if you are offended by the rawness and reality of 2017.

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.

100
Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Edgy, Relevant

See it if You can relate to struggles in the work place and trying to move up the corporate ladder. Also If you like to laugh!

Don't see it if You're easily offended by Ebonics & inappropriate language.

During previews
92
Timely, Excellent ensemble, Funny yet contains serious themes, Inventive staging, Must see

See it if you are interested in a play with a very relevant theme: how economically disadvantaged people function in a capitalist society.

Don't see it if you are not interested in seeing the work of a new playwright.

During previews
36
Cliched, Disappointing, Slow

See it if the programs says its 95 mins. Before the second act started they were 95 mins in. This is one of my top three theaters in the city so I wa

Don't see it if s really upset with this play. The set was great which got my expectations really high. worst show I have seen at Labyrinth.

During previews
90
Clever, Entertaining, Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in an off-beat production with a great cast and a very topical plot; well written, great acting, funny yet serious.

Don't see it if you don't like in-your-face theater, uncomfortable topics. One cannot help but get involved with the characters and their plights.

Also LOVED this show!

During previews
80
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if Plays about workplace/race politics are of interest to you, and you like them delivered with some humor and well-drawn characters.

Don't see it if you go to the theater to escape politics, racial politics, or reality.

During previews
83
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like theater that makes you think and see things from a different perspective and uses spectacle in the telling of the story.

Don't see it if You don't like alternative staging or theater that is more character driven than plot driven.

During previews
85
Absorbing, Clever, Hilarious, Strong ensemble, Indulgent

See it if you're looking for a new, cutting work-place drama with strong wit and a culturally relevant political message.

Don't see it if theatre is a place for you to escape the reality of a broken system.

Also There's a lot of great work to be seen in Dolphins and Sharks. Expert ... Read more Read less

During previews
92
Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you like relevante stories and great acting and if you like to observe human interaction.

Don't see it if you have never had to work with anyone or ever had a friend.


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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