New York | 1h 45m | Open run

The Imbible: Day Drinking

From 4 critic and 30 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Quirky, Great singing

About the show

A new cocktail, brunch, and history-infused show from the folks behind the long-running 'The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking.' More…

Join four friends as they battle today's always-connected, over-scheduled world to carve out time to enjoy brunch together. While struggling to prioritize and prepare for their gathering, they learn the stories behind not only well-known brunch drinks but also the meal itself, and come to appreciate the value of making time to break bread and sip drinks with good friends. Tickets include a light continental bunch and three craft cocktails, including a create-your-own Bloody Mary bar. Please arrive 30 minutes before showtime to enjoy brunch and your first drink.

1h 45m | Open run | New World Stages (Midtown W)

DC Metro Theater Arts

"The energy and laughs bubble over after intermission...Throughout the time-traveling show, the actors perform Ehrlich’s original a cappella songs with melodious voices and perfect four-part harmonies...The engaging production concludes with the ensemble bringing us up to date on the growing popularity and democratization of brunch through the centuries, and some hysterically insightful observations on our age of digital media and internet crowd-funding." Full Review

The Mary Sue

"While it takes maybe a little bit to fully adjust your expectations, once you’re in the pace of things, the show is a laugh-out-loud delight...Not only is this a great boozy excursion, it’s also really informative...The actors all have amazing voices and jump between historical and modern-day characters with hilarity...'Imbible' is a big history lesson, but it’s also a reminder to value your close friends and reach out to them, even if it’s just for a few Bloody Marys." Full Review

Village Voice

"A surprisingly educational diversion...Lightly amusing anecdotes and vignettes quickly pour forth over the two hours...The quartet handily switches between numerous accents, costume pieces, and attitudes as they swiftly depict a cavalcade of personages...Their nimble performances prove more potent than the traditional concoctions they serve up...Still, 'The Imbible: Day Drinking' usually goes down smoothly enough, and is likely to send you out into the evening in fine spirits." Full Review

Metro (US)

"Though the play gets a bit too academic at times, the sung anecdotes...have the effect of making you feel strangely protective of this thing you’ve likely mocked as much as you’ve participated in...The absurdity—and academic rigor—are easy to embrace as the cast dispenses two more cocktails over the course of the show. By the end, everyone is so delighted with life that the final song isn’t bittersweet at all." Full Review

Hilarious, Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Fun show about the history of brunch with 3 brunch related cocktails included. I learned a lot about these cocktails while sampling them.

Don't see it if You don't like drinking and the historical part of brunch with classic brunch cocktails.

Also Fun show! We were able to make our own Bloody Mary cocktails at a Bloo... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Quirky, Romantic

See it if If you are willing to try different drinks/Spirits and interested in history.

Don't see it if If you don't drink

Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if like acapella, like "brunch" type drinks

Don't see it if you are looking for super high class theater

Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You'd enjoy three tasty drinks (make-your-own bloody mary, spiked coffee, bellini) with a fun energetic cast performing skits.

Don't see it if You're looking for a profound show, since this is silly campy fun that's perfect for a brunch out with friends.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if You want to enjoy an afternoon with a friend at a funny production w lite brunch, 3 full size drinks & a kooky cast singing history of drink

Don't see it if You expect a Broadway production, don't like sitting in a small space, expect a full spread at brunch. If that's you, go to Saardi's.

Also I had a great time. The cast was funny, talented and interacted with t... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like a funny, lively show with a history lesson thrown in. I thought the history was interesting.

Don't see it if You don't drink as part of the ticket price includes 3 drinks. It's a very small venue so you need to be comfortable being squeezed in.

Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Campy

See it if you enjoy a cocktail or 2 (actually 3). The actors were talented & very interactive.

Don't see it if you are looking for a typical show. This is definitely not the usual, but it is fun!

Also It was a fun afternoon with laughs & some learning. The make your own ... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if You enjoy drinking and want to learn some history about different brunch drinks

Don't see it if You don't enjoy drinking, or are expecting a large production. The show takes place in an actual bar with 4 performers.

Clever, Great singing, Ambitious, Funny

See it if You like small intimate shows with a talented cast, and drinking!

Don't see it if You like traditional theater with a stage, you need shows with sophisticated costumes and staging, you don’t like alcohol!

Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Fluffy, Thought-provoking

See it if If you want to see a show about brunch with some facts about booze. Also included free drinks( of which they discuss)

Don't see it if You do not like drinking. You do no like singing with your brunch

Banal, Great singing, Funny, Delightful

See it if You like a barbershop quartet with a few drinks and a little information. If the price is right this is a great value and a must see.

Don't see it if You need memorable songs or a central thread for the drama. If the price is wrong this is a a bad value.

Also Show opens with a Bloody Mary bar (shot obviously poured for you) the.... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Funny, Cute, Enjoyable

See it if I don’t get bad reviews. Delivers exactly what expected: drinks with ok acapella singing, and enjoyable atmosphere. Unique concept.

Don't see it if It surely is not a masterpiece, but it’s a fun afternoon out. Light, enjoyable and entertaining. Wouldn’t see for the full price though.

Quirky, Disappointing, Fluffy, Great singing, Clever

See it if you want a light, fun experience performed by earnest young people. Especially if you like Bloody Marys, Irish Coffee and Bellini. Good date

Don't see it if you are expecting great art, or if you aren't there to drink. The free drinks (full size with considerable alcohol) are the main draw.

Clever, Fluffy, Slow, Disjointed

See it if you enjoy a Capella music, history lessons, and drinking alcoholic beverages. It's an interesting concept, but it's a little silly.

Don't see it if you want a plot, talented musicians, or do not like sitting in small spaces.

Best enjoyed while drinking

See it if You want some light humor, energetic actors, and actually pick up a few nuggets of info on the history of champagne, Bloody Mary, etc.

Don't see it if You want a sleek, professional show w a plot. This is cute but not a broadway production.

Entertaining, Funny, Relevant

See it if you like to drink and want to learn a little about the history of brunch and popular brunch drinks. Full of fun a cappella songs and drinks.

Don't see it if you are looking for a large production or professional bartender quality. This show is light hearted and fun. The cast is great.

Ambitious, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Quirky

See it if If you want to learn about the history of drinking . 4 young actors are pretty humorous. Silly but fun and different!

Don't see it if If your into traditional theater whether drama or musical. Not really for the serious theater goer.

Entertaining, Cliched, Disappointing, Quirky, Funny

See it if you want to indulge in alcohol with a show. They are not stingy with the amount of alcohol that they serve you.

Don't see it if you don't like drinking.

Also The script is a bit dry, which is inevitable as they are trying to "te... Read more Read less

Funny, Fluff, Great singing

See it if If you want to know history of brunch drinks and like A Cappella

Don't see it if Want big show, it's 4 people in a bar

Also Overall it was fun. The a cappella was a nice surprise. It felt a bit ... Read more Read less

Quirky, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if If you are interested in having 3 drinks then the history it conveys and like a variety of drinks, which they pick...go 30 minutes early

Don't see it if If you want to hear the history of different alcohol, rather than seeing musical skits trying to enact it. Seating uncomfortable, crowded

Entertaining, Fluffy, Funny, Slow, Small space

See it if You like a cappella, want the history of brunch/brunch cocktails, like to drink the cocktails, like tiny immersive theater.

Don't see it if Space is very intimate; writing/acting is meh. Harmonies aren't always on. Saving grace: cocktails, actors laughing at themselves.

Also For people with acid reflux, the cocktails are a nightmare (but tasty)... Read more Read less

Boozy, Light-hearted, Fluffy, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if you're with a few friends and want to enjoy and extremely self-indulgent show (with an entire song about umami) while you have 3 drinks.

Don't see it if you want substance, or would have to pay full price.

Diverting, Buoyant, Fact-filled, Low-budget, Silly

See it if you need some fun facts to drop casually at your next brunch, like the stories behind Veuve Clicquot and the Bellini.

Don't see it if you want a full brunch experience; it's just muffins and croissants here with your Bloody Mary (which you should get with the pickled okra)

Disappointing, Slow, Condescending

See it if you can get a discount and you want some booze.

Don't see it if Apparently the regular one has this bartender as the lead with the singers as back up. This was just the a cappella singers.

Also I found it to be condescending in "explaining" the origins of some of ... Read more Read less

Excruciating, Insipid, Slow, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if You love a good Bloody Mary - you’ll have the best one you’ve ever tasted here

Don't see it if You’re not already drunk

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