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RED BANK: LANDING, THEN PRINTING, FISH

pride fishing 050714 2 Max Berry silhouetted by one of his fish prints. Below, another of Berry’s works hangs on a fence outside the shop framed by a wall designed by artist Mike Ciccotello.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

pride fishing 050714 1It was a long, quiet winter at Red Bank’s Pride Fishing Tackle store. But owner Max Berry landed something rather unexpected.

His inner artist.

Berry, who says he’s harbored a creative yearning for years, decided to act on it by throwing himself into the Japanese art form of gyotaku, or fish printing, during the long lulls between customers this winter.

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WEEKEND: VALENTINES AND OTHER FISH TALES

AsULikeItMiriam A. Hyman and Jacob Fishel in ‘As You Like It’ at the Two River Theater, above.  Scott Szegeski’s print impressions of vintage “fish surfboards” at Salon Concrete. (Top photo by T.C. Erickson)

Friday, February 14:

sg-prints-14RED BANK: Valentine’s Day — that interlude of cabernet and clinking cocktail glasses; of candlelight coronas, candy kisses and cardboard cupids — also sounds a keynote for the final weekend of As You Like It, the Shakespeare play on stage at Two River Theater.

Michael Sexton’s take on the Bard’s characteristically convoluted “comedy of cross-dressing heroines and triumphant heroes” comes complete with some of the author’s funniest gags and laugh lines, some solid comic turns (by Brendan Titley and former Cosby Show regular Geoffrey Owens), and a double-dynamite lead role by Miriam A. Hyman as the exiled beauty Rosalind and her flannel-shirted alter ego, Ganymede. Throw in some savvy use of song (put forth with gusto by J.D. Webster) and you’ve got a fine point of entry to the Shakespearean perspective on romance, mating, and gender politics. Take it here for tickets to the last round of shows 8 pm Friday; 3 and 8 pm Saturday; 3 pm Sunday).

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