City Theatre Previews ‘The Garbologists’ (Tues., 5/2/22)

THE GARBOLOGISTS by Lindsay Joelle. City Theatre. Through May 22

Danny (Jason Babinsky) and Marlowe (Bria Walker) learn lessons of life as they work as garbage collectors in City Theatre's 'Garbologists.' (Photo: Kristi Jan Hoover)

Danny (Jason Babinsky) and Marlowe (Bria Walker) learn lessons of life as they work as garbage collectors in City Theatre’s ‘Garbologists.’ (Photo: Kristi Jan Hoover)

City Theatre closes its season with The Garbologists, a seriocomedy about garbage collectors, or sanitation workers to use the official term. Two such persons in New York City investigate the psychology of throwing away stuff from perspectives other than Marie Kondo’s. The two garbologists make an odd couple: One is a middle-aged, old-school white guy and the other a young, college-educated Black woman who’s new to the crew. Finding common ground isn’t on their agendas but they are liable to find it anyway. City Theatre’s production is a co-premiere with Philadelphia Theatre Company, which staged the play a few months ago to enthusiastic reviews. Playwright Lindsay Joelle says The Garbologists grew out of her desire to write a play highlighting essential workers. Joelle did first-hand research with actual sanitation crews, and one perk of attending is the opportunity to learn some of their trade secrets. See The Garbologists performed by actors Jason Babinsky and Bria Walker, with direction by Monteze Freeland. 7 p.m. Pick your price previews. 1300 Bingham St., South Side.