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Comedy Drama

The Garbologists

by Lindsay Joelle

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A photo of two gloved hands grabbing a singing fish wall decoration from a pile of large black trash bags against a green cityscape background. A photo of two gloved hands grabbing a singing fish wall decoration from a pile of large black trash bags against a green cityscape background.

One person’s trash is someone else’s treasure.

Two essential workers from different worlds discover there’s more that binds them than taking out the trash in this off-beat buddy comedy. Danny and Marlowe are polar opposites: he’s a gruff NYC sanitation worker hiding a heart of gold, and she’s a determined Ivy-League-educated newbie assigned to his route. Amidst their shifts spent bickering, they each have some wisdom to share, but will the other listen? When thrown together to pick up what the world has discarded, they learn that some things are easier to toss than others.

Run time: ~1 hr, 30 min with no intermission

Content warning: As these two sanitation workers butt heads and bicker, they use adult language and sexual references. Handling the trash of New York City also sparks conversations on death of a loved one, cancer, and trauma, as well as joy, love, and singing fish.

Trigger warning: A piece of subject matter in this show could be potentially triggering for people who have ever parented. If you want to be further informed and don’t mind spoilers, please call our box office.

Photo credits | First Timer’s Guide, Brooke Steele in The Frog Princess; Ticket Info, Bryant Bentley, Burgess Byrd, and Leslie Goddard-Baum in Detroit ’67 (Mikki Schaffner); Subscriptions, Cast of Hedwig and the Angry Inch; Ticket Discounts, Torie Wiggins in Your Negro Tour Guide. All images by Ryan Kurtz unless otherwise noted.