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Roy Berko

Roy Berko Roy Berko, a life-long Clevelander, holds degrees, through the doctorate from Kent State, University of Michigan and The Pennsylvania State University. Roy was an actor for many years, appearing in more than 16 plays, 8 TV commercials, and 3 films. He has directed more than 30 productions. A member of the American Critics Association, the Dance Critics Association and The Cleveland Critics Circle, he has been an entertainment reviewer for more than twenty years.

For many years he was a regular on Channel 5, ABC-Cleveland's "Morning Exchange" and "Live on 5," serving as the stations communication consultant. He has also appeared on "Good Morning America." Roy served as the Director of Public Relations for the Volunteer Office in the White House during the first Clinton Administration.
He is a professor of communication and psychology who taught at George Washington University, University of Maryland, Notre Dame College of Ohio and Towson University. Roy is the author of 31 books. Several years ago, he was selected by Cleveland Magazine as one of the most interesting people in Cleveland.
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BWW Reviews: Classic, THE GREAT GATSBY, at EnsembleBWW Reviews: Classic, THE GREAT GATSBY, at Ensemble
Posted: Nov. 17, 2014


BWW Reviews: The'Whack' HOW WE GOT ON, 'Dope' and 'Fresh' at Cleveland Play HouseBWW Reviews: The'Whack' HOW WE GOT ON, 'Dope' and 'Fresh'
Posted: Nov. 3, 2014


BWW Reviews: A Clevelander's View on Some Broadway, Fall, 2014 ProductionsBWW Reviews: A Clevelander's View on Some Broadway, Fall, 2014 Productions
Posted: Nov. 11, 2014


BWW Reviews: THE NORWEGIANS - An Extremely Odd Comedy at DobamaBWW Reviews: THE NORWEGIANS - An Extremely Odd Comedy at Dobama
Posted: Oct. 27, 2014


BWW Reviews: A CHORUS LINE is 'One Singular Sensation at Baldwin Wallace UniversityBWW Reviews: A CHORUS LINE is 'One Singular Sensation at Baldwin Wallace
Posted: Nov. 24, 2014


BWW Reviews: TERMINUS - A Play Which Indulges the Author's Inner 16-Year-Old Self Compels at Convergence-ContinuumBWW Reviews: TERMINUS Indulges the Author's Inner 16-Year-Old Self
Posted: Nov. 24, 2014


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BWW Interviews: Meet Ricky Ubeda, Winner of TV's SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, Who Will Be Appearing in ClevelandBWW Interviews: Meet Ricky Ubeda, Winner of TV's SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE
Posted: Sep. 18, 2014


BWW Interviews: Baldwin Wallace Music Theatre's Ciara Renee Makes it Big on BroadwayBWW Interviews: Baldwin Wallace Music Theatre's Ciara Renee Makes it Big on Broadway
Posted: May. 20, 2014


BWW Reviews: YENTL Disappoints at Cleveland Play HouseBWW Reviews: YENTL Disappoints at Cleveland Play House
Posted: Jan. 16, 2014


BWW Reviews: Wonderful WICKED Wows 'em Again at State TheatreBWW Reviews: Wonderful WICKED Wows 'em Again at State Theatre
Posted: Dec. 9, 2013


BWW Reviews: Cespedes Choreography Highlight of Cleveland Foundation Centennial MeetingBWW Reviews: Cespedes Choreography Highlight of Cleveland Foundation Centennial Meeting
Posted: Jun. 16, 2014


BWW Reviews: TOPDOG/UNDERDOG Affords a Conflicted Look at the African American Male at None Too FragileBWW Reviews: TOPDOG/UNDERDOG Affords a Conflicted Look at the African American Male at None Too Fragile
November 26, 2014

BWW Reviews: A CHORUS LINE is 'One Singular Sensation at Baldwin Wallace UniversityBWW Reviews: A CHORUS LINE is 'One Singular Sensation at Baldwin Wallace University
November 24, 2014

Baldwin Wallace is a powerhouse in providing talent to the Broadway stage. In the past year, over a dozen of the program's grads have listed, 'a proud graduate of Baldwin Wallace' in their Great White Way 'Playbill' resumes.
BWW Reviews: TERMINUS - A Play Which Indulges the Author's Inner 16-Year-Old Self Compels at Convergence-ContinuumBWW Reviews: TERMINUS - A Play Which Indulges the Author's Inner 16-Year-Old Self Compels at Convergence-Continuum
November 24, 2014

'The story is told in verse, densely packed with rhyme, which has to be spoken so that it sounds like natural language.' 'Much of the play concerns a battle between angels and demons.' 'There is little action in the play, just a series of monologues.' The descriptions are vivid, 'fingernails pierce an eyeball and drain it of fluid, a knife slices into a woman while she's having sex. A body implodes beneath the tires of a truck.' 'The play is filled with vivid, vulgar verse.'
BWW Reviews: Classic, THE GREAT GATSBY, at EnsembleBWW Reviews: Classic, THE GREAT GATSBY, at Ensemble
November 17, 2014

BWW Reviews: A Clevelander's View on Some Broadway, Fall, 2014 ProductionsBWW Reviews: A Clevelander's View on Some Broadway, Fall, 2014 Productions
November 11, 2014

New York City is approximately 500 miles from Cleveland. People from the North Coast often make the trek there to partake in the shopping, dining, but most often, the theatre. In order to keep the locals abreast of the Great White Ways offerings, I review some of the shows. Here is a sampling of what's new on Broadway.
BWW Reviews: The'Whack' HOW WE GOT ON, 'Dope' and 'Fresh' at Cleveland Play HouseBWW Reviews: The'Whack' HOW WE GOT ON, 'Dope' and 'Fresh' at Cleveland Play House
November 3, 2014

BWW Reviews: THE NORWEGIANS - An Extremely Odd Comedy at DobamaBWW Reviews: THE NORWEGIANS - An Extremely Odd Comedy at Dobama
October 27, 2014

C. Denby Swanson's 'The Norwegians,' now on stage at Dobama Theatre, centers on Tor and Gus, two Minnesota Norwegians, who are hit men who offer to 'whack' individuals who have 'done others wrong.' Olive, a former Texan, has been mistreated by her boyfriend. She meets Betty, who has hired Tor and Gus in the past to rid her of an ex- boyfriend. She is out to 'do in' another guy, but, for reasons which roll out later in the story, she doesn't hire Tor and Gus to do the job. Betty shares the Norwegian Mafia's information with Olive, who hires them, and the tale is off and running.
BWW Reviews: Enjoyable MAKING GOD LAUGH at Actor's SummitBWW Reviews: Enjoyable MAKING GOD LAUGH at Actor's Summit
October 20, 2014

Families can be interesting to observe. Take for example, the family who is the subject of Sean Grennan's 'Making God Laugh,' the 125th main stage production of Actors' Summit.
BWW Reviews: A Haunting NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD at Blank CanvasBWW Reviews: A Haunting NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD at Blank Canvas
October 20, 2014

BWW Reviews: Impressive, Must-See LES MIZ at Great Lakes TheaterBWW Reviews: Impressive, Must-See LES MIZ at Great Lakes Theater
October 13, 2014

'LES MISERABLES' is a classic historical novel by Victor Hugo. It is probably one of the most noted literary pieces of the 19th century. 'LES MISERABLES,' Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel's musical adaptation of the novel has become an epic of the musical theatre stage.
BWW Reviews: Delightful [title of show] at Beck Center for the ArtsBWW Reviews: Delightful [title of show] at Beck Center for the Arts
October 13, 2014

Truth, well maybe the truth, can be stranger than fiction. According to the show, itself, the musical '[title of show],' yes, that's the title of the show, which is now appearing on stage at Beck Center's Studio Theater, was conceived when one of the script's authors received an announcement about a musical festival. The New York Musical Festival, to be exact. The NYMF was in search of new musical scripts.
BWW Reviews: 'Cool' MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Rocks the State TheatreBWW Reviews: 'Cool' MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Rocks the State Theatre
October 10, 2014

The State Theatre in PlayhouseSquare is rocking. Rocking with sounds of the likes of Diana Ross, The Supremes, The Jackson Five, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. Rocking with a full orchestra, a visually stimulating electronically enhanced production, and the story of Berry Gordy.
BWW Reviews: Superb Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Excites Audience at E.J. Thomas HallBWW Reviews: Superb Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Excites Audience at E.J. Thomas Hall
October 10, 2014

Dance Cleveland opened its 59th season in spectacular style with a performance of the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet at E. J. Thomas Hall, on the University of Akron Campus. The company, which was founded in 1996, has two official schools, one in Aspen, one in Santa Fe, and a year-round Mexican outreach program.
BWW Reviews: Farcical THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR Doesn't Leave Well Enough Alone at Great Lakes TheatreBWW Reviews: Farcical THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR Doesn't Leave Well Enough Alone at Great Lakes Theatre
October 2, 2014

'The Merry Wives of Windsor,' a version of which is now on stage at Great Lakes Theatre, is considered by many literary critics to be one of Shakespeare's 'lesser' plays. Not bad, just not up to the dramatic level of the great writer, though its farcical nature is often praised.
BWW Reviews: Compelling, Must-See ANNIE CHRISTIE at EnsembleBWW Reviews: Compelling, Must-See ANNIE CHRISTIE at Ensemble
October 1, 2014

BWW Reviews: THE PILLOWMAN - A Chilling Look at Life and Death at Convergence ContinuumBWW Reviews: THE PILLOWMAN - A Chilling Look at Life and Death at Convergence Continuum
September 29, 2014

Clyde Simon, Artistic Director of convergence continuum, has a knack for finding off-beat, provocative plays that incite discussion and strong reactions from the theatre's loyal following. That group, and probably many more, will find themselves entranced by Martin McDonagh's black comedy, 'The Pillowman.'
BWW Reviews: Lakeland Civic Theatre Presents Depressing, Well-Staged AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTYBWW Reviews: Lakeland Civic Theatre Presents Depressing, Well-Staged AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
September 24, 2014

The Westons of Pawhuska, Oklahoma, in Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, gives new meaning to the phrase dysfunctional family.
BWW Reviews: CPH Examines Greed, Ambition and Misguided Principles in THE LITTLE FOXESBWW Reviews: CPH Examines Greed, Ambition and Misguided Principles in THE LITTLE FOXES
September 22, 2014

Lillian Hellman, author of 'The Little Foxes,' which is now in production at the Cleveland Playhouse, was a rebel with many causes. An independent woman in an era before the women's rights and liberation movements, she had strong political and societal opinions. Because of her liberal affiliations she was blacklisted by the House Un-American Activities Committee. She was 'a smoker, a drinker, a lover, and a fighter, who took stands against and placed a negative spotlight on greed, ambition and misguided principles.' She was an advocate for the downtrodden. These principles are at the foundation of 'The Little Foxes.'
BWW Reviews: OCCUPANT - The True or False History of Sculptor, Louise Nevelson at Cesear's ForumBWW Reviews: OCCUPANT - The True or False History of Sculptor, Louise Nevelson at Cesear's Forum
September 22, 2014

BWW Interviews: Meet Ricky Ubeda, Winner of TV's SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, Who Will Be Appearing in ClevelandBWW Interviews: Meet Ricky Ubeda, Winner of TV's SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, Who Will Be Appearing in Cleveland
September 18, 2014

When the tour of 'So You Think You Can Dance' comes to the Connor Palace Theatre in Cleveland on October 20, it will expose the local community to the top ten contestants and some of the other dancers who got the attention of the judges.


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