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 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 Reviews: Spellbinding BELLEVILLE Opens the 55th Dobama SeasonBWW Reviews: Spellbinding BELLEVILLE Opens the 55th Dobama Season
Posted: Sep. 8, 2014


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Posted: Sep. 10, 2014


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Posted: Sep. 15, 2014


BWW Reviews: Thought Provoking THE SUNSET LIMITED at None Too FragileBWW Reviews: Thought Provoking THE SUNSET LIMITED at None Too Fragile
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Posted: May. 20, 2014


BWW Reviews: VENUS IN FUR, Seduction Without Sex at Cleveland Play HouseBWW Reviews: VENUS IN FUR, Seduction Without Sex at Cleveland Play House
Posted: Nov. 11, 2013


BWW Reviews: YENTL Disappoints at Cleveland Play HouseBWW Reviews: YENTL Disappoints at Cleveland Play House
Posted: Jan. 16, 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
Posted: Sep. 18, 2014


BWW Reviews: Wonderful WICKED Wows 'em Again at State TheatreBWW Reviews: Wonderful WICKED Wows 'em Again at State Theatre
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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.
BWW Reviews: Thought Provoking THE SUNSET LIMITED at None Too FragileBWW Reviews: Thought Provoking THE SUNSET LIMITED at None Too Fragile
September 17, 2014

Cormac McCarthy, the author of 'The Sunset Limited,' which is now on stage at none too fragile theatre, probes, in his script, the topics: Why would someone want to commit suicide? Why does one person turn to religion when angst-filled, while another rejects the concept of a deity? Is traditional education a negative or positive influence in dealing with problems? What is the meaning of life? Can a person change from killer to saint? It probes the decisions to end one's life, as well as human suffering.
BWW Reviews: Martin Cspedes Creates a Delightful FOREVER PLAID at BeckBWW Reviews: Martin Céspedes Creates a Delightful FOREVER PLAID at Beck
September 15, 2014

Do you like close-harmonic singing? Are you harking back to experience the 'good' old days? Do you like to escape from the stressful world and just 'yak' at comedy shticks and revel in the ridiculous? Then the place for you to be is Beck Center where Cleveland's multi-award winning choreographer, Martin Cespedes, has added 'creative director' to his resume.
BWW Previews: KSU + The Musical Project = BABES IN ARMSBWW Previews: KSU + The Musical Project = BABES IN ARMS
September 10, 2014

There's a new couple in town. The musical Theatre Project and Kent State's Musical Theatre program are joining forces to do a staged reading/sing-through of the musical 'Babes in Arms.'
BWW Reviews: Spellbinding BELLEVILLE Opens the 55th Dobama SeasonBWW Reviews: Spellbinding BELLEVILLE Opens the 55th Dobama Season
September 8, 2014

Dobama may be entering its 55th year (I was present the moment founding artistic director Don Bianchi declared its existence), but it is actually in its first season. What? Late last season, the Dobama board voted to change the status of venue to that of a full professional theatre. This makes Dobama, like Great Lakes Theatre and Cleveland Play House, a stage where all actors are paid by equity standards and the production staff are members of the appropriate staging unions.
BWW Reviews: No Bombs Greet This Version of HAIR - Just Heat and a Simulation of the EraBWW Reviews: No Bombs Greet This Version of HAIR - Just Heat and a Simulation of the Era
September 8, 2014

Theatre is representative of the era from which it comes. Seeing a play that reflects a specific time period can reveal the cultural attitudes of the people and society of that period.
BWW Reviews: It's a Choppy RIDE with Some Interesting People at None Too FragileBWW Reviews: It's a Choppy RIDE with Some Interesting People at None Too Fragile
August 19, 2014

Eric Lane is a prolific and prize winning playwright. His plays include 'Times of War,' 'Filming O'Keefe,' 'Floating,' and 'Dancing on Checkers' Grave.' Never heard of them? You are not alone. In spite of his recognition for writing some episodes for TV's 'Ryan's Hope,' his scripts are not on the list of the most published plays.
BWW Reviews: AMAZONS AND THEIR MEN Script Better Than Convergence-Continuum StagingBWW Reviews: AMAZONS AND THEIR MEN Script Better Than Convergence-Continuum Staging
August 10, 2014

In 1932, Leni Riefenstahl attended a rally where Adolf Hitler spoke. She was so mesmerized by his public speaking ability that she reported that she had an apocalyptic vision that included a stream of water touching the sky and shaking the earth.
BWW Reviews: KING JOHN Impresses at the Stratford FestivalBWW Reviews: KING JOHN Impresses at the Stratford Festival
August 7, 2014

King John, who reigned as the monarch of England from 1199-1216, was the son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, and the father of Henry III. The Shakespearean script concerning his reign is one of the true history plays by the Bard and is one of only two of his plays, the other being 'Richard II,' that are written entirely in script.
BWW Blog: A Clevelander's Views and Reviews of Canada's The Shaw FestivalBWW Blog: A Clevelander's Views and Reviews of Canada's The Shaw Festival
August 6, 2014

'By the time the show is over, you will have been taken on a journey more compelling and magical than you could have imagined. For this, I think, is our principal function-as we delight, provoke and entertain, we must always surprise.' These are Jackie Maxwell, the Shaw Festival's Artistic Director, hopes for those who attend one or more of the theatre offerings.
BWW Reviews: FROGS Fails to Create Much Excitement at Cain ParkBWW Reviews: FROGS Fails to Create Much Excitement at Cain Park
August 3, 2014

'The Frogs,' Stephen Sondheim and Burt Shevelove's musical adaptation of Aristophanes' ancient Greek comedy, had a novel introduction to the stage. In 1974 it was produced in Yale University's Swimming Pool by the Yale Repertory Theatre.
BWW Reviews: OLIVER Doesn't Get Standing 'O' at PorthouseBWW Reviews: OLIVER Doesn't Get Standing 'O' at Porthouse
July 31, 2014

I had one of my greatest experiences in the theatre when, on June 30, 1960, I attended the opening of 'Oliver!' at the New Theatre in London, England. I was seated 3rd row center!
BWW Review: A Clevelander's View of the Stratford Theater Festival - A Season of Being Pushed to the EdgeBWW Review: A Clevelander's View of the Stratford Theater Festival - A Season of Being Pushed to the Edge
July 30, 2014

The Stratford Festival of Canada, whose present artistic director is Atoni Cimolino, started on July 13, 1953, when Sir Alec Guiness walked onto a stage located in a large tent and spoke the first lines of what has become the internationally-recognized celebration of theatre. Now housed in five theatres, offering plays and other entertainment from late April to November, Stratford is the largest repertoire theatre in North America. The offerings are not only the writings of Shakespeare, but a variety of classical and contemporary works, including musicals.
BWW Reviews: ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST is a Must See at Blank CanvasBWW Reviews: ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST is a Must See at Blank Canvas
July 21, 2014

It probably will come as shock to many to know that when the play, 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,' a script by Dale Wasserman, based on Kent Kesey's novel of the same name, opened on Broadway in 1963, in spite of a cast that included Kirk Douglas, Gene Wilder, William Daniels, Ed Ames and Joan Tetzel, it was basically a flop, running only 82 performances.
BWW Reviews: ARCADIA - A Well Constructed Play Which Makes for a Long Echoing Sit at MAMAIBWW Reviews: ARCADIA - A Well Constructed Play Which Makes for a Long Echoing Sit at MAMAI
July 20, 2014

Czech born Thomas Stoppard is a Jewish British playwright who escaped from his birth country in 1939, just before the Nazi occupation. Living, in England, he has gained a reputation as one of modern English language's greatest playwrights. The recipient of an Academy Award and four Tony Awards, it is generally agreed by theatre analysts that 'Arcadia,' a production of which is now on stage at Mamai Theatre, is one of the western world's greatest plays.
BWW Reviews: YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN Should Delight Beck Audiences, But...BWW Reviews: YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN Should Delight Beck Audiences, But...
July 14, 2014

On a November Saturday afternoon in 2007, I anxiously entered the Hilton Theatre in New York. I love exaggerated, well-conceived and performed farce. I was going to see 'Young Frankenstein' by the king of farce and parody, Mel Brooks. Yes, 'Young Frankenstein,' officially known as 'The New Mel Brooks Young Frankenstein,' was the Broadway follow-up to 'The Producers,' by the comedy madman and his writing sidekick, Thomas Meehan.
BWW Reviews: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Rocks the Ohio Theatre'Great Balls of Fire!'BWW Reviews: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Rocks the Ohio Theatre'Great Balls of Fire!'
July 10, 2014

Part concert, part history lesson, and a lot of rock 'n roll-- that's 'Million Dollar Quartet', now on stage at the Ohio Theatre in PlayhouseSquare.
BWW Reviews: Sic-Fi STARMITES Should Delight Many at PorthouseBWW Reviews: Sic-Fi STARMITES Should Delight Many at Porthouse
July 6, 2014

There was 'Star Trek.' Then 'Star Wars.' Then there were the werewolves and vampires. Then 'Hunger Games.' Now there is 'Starmites.'


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