The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking

Photograph: Dixie Sheridan
SoHo Playhouse , Downtown Friday September 12 2014 21:30

[Note: The review below is for the version of The Imbible that played at the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival.]

Remember Bill Nye the Science Guy? Great! Now imagine him as a bartender who is deeply interested in the history of ethanol alcohol, really likes wigs and costumes, and just joined a coed barbershop quartet. That description of Anthony Caporale’s The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking may sound far-out, but the show is both educational and entertaining. (It's also a fine showcase for a cappella classics arranged by Josh Ehrlich and performed by a gifted ensemble that includes the show's director, soprano Nicole DiMattei.) Mixing whimsy and information, Caporale makes the story of our relationship with alcohol remarkably compelling. And the show's lessons—on subjects like the drinks served at Prohibition-era speakeasies, the origin of the gin and tonic, and the difference between a cocktail and a mixed drink—can be washed down with complimentary, thematically appropriate beverages. As Caporale says, “Trust me, I get funnier with every sip.” That makes the show a must-see for anyone who enjoys free booze, which is probably nearly everyone.

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Venue name: SoHo Playhouse
Address: 15 Vandam St
New York

Cross street: between Sixth Ave and Varick St
Transport: Subway: C, E to Spring St
Price: $55 (includes three cocktails)
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