Rain A tribute to the BeatlesThe four “Mock Tops” known as RAIN make it shower Beatles hits and deep album delights in a Sunday matinee at the Basie.  

Sunday, it seems, is prime time for the Beatles — and even if the fans who thrilled to the Fabs’ milestone first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show over 50 years ago have a hard time making it to prime time these days, the Count Basie Theatre has us all covered.

At 3 pm on February 22, the Basie presents a special EarlyBeatle encore starring Rain, the acclaimed and internationally touring “MockTops” tribute that “has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome,” in the course of going places the Liverpuddlian Lads never dared (such as a respectable run on Broadway). It’s a regular stop on the road, and a comfort-zone showcase for the act about which the Huffington Post said, “Rain is about the closest you’ll come to seeing The Beatles live ever.”

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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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