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REVIEW: Rain: A Tribute To The Beatles

Okay, I’d better admit this upfront: I was never a Beatles fan, especially not at the beginning when their songs all sounded alike and were all too loud.

They got better in later years, in my opinion, but I never understood what they were singing, so I don’t know whether the songs have interesting content or not. But at least they got musically more complex.

I went to the “Rain” show hoping to be disabused of my hopelessly backward notions and maybe even be bowled over by the group’s brashness and musical improvisation.

Unfortunately, I’m still a troglodyte. The lyrics are still unintelligible – especially amid all the noise – and the nervous-making, never-ending ambient light show and projections used in this show didn’t help.

I never saw them live, so I don’t know whether they used lights like this or not, but the audience seemed to love the whole package.

The show is divided into Beatles eras, beginning with their first U.S. appearance on the Ed Sullivan show back in 1962 (complete with bad hairpieces), progressing up to the “Sgt. Pepper” album and then to the final “Abbey Road” group of songs.

Costumes change with the times, hair gets more natural and longer and they ask for audience participation.

It seemed to be exactly what the doctor ordered for most of the raucous crowd at the Balboa last night, who stood, clapped and swayed on cue.

This quartet – Steve Landes, Joey Curatolo, Joe Bithorn, Ralph Castelli and Mark Beyer – sounds Beatle-ish and the costume changes are a hoot, so if you’re a fan of the boys from Liverpool, what’s not to like? Just don’t take anybody sensitive to bright, flashing lights.

The Details

“Rain: A Tribute To The Beatles” plays through April 3, 2016 at the Balboa Theatre in Horton Plaza.

Showtimes are: Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 1 and 6 p.m.

Tickets: broadwaysd.com or (619) 570-1100