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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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Posted: Apr. 10, 2015


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Posted: Apr. 13, 2015


BWW Reviews: BAD JEWS, Bad Title, Bad Script at Actors' SummitBWW Reviews: BAD JEWS, Bad Title, Bad Script at Actors' Summit
Posted: Apr. 21, 2015


BWW Reviews: Brilliant IN A WORD at Cleveland Public TheatreBWW Reviews: Brilliant IN A WORD at Cleveland Public Theatre
Posted: Apr. 26, 2015


BWW Reviews: Dobama's SUPERIOR DONUTS, Dessert for Both the Laughers and the ThinkersBWW Reviews: Dobama's SUPERIOR DONUTS, Dessert for Both the Laughers and the Thinkers
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BWW Reviews: BENGAL TIGER - A Mental and Emotional Challenge at EnsembleBWW Reviews: BENGAL TIGER - A Mental and Emotional Challenge at Ensemble
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In BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO, Cleveland Heights native Rajiv Joseph's, surreal dark play, ghosts roam the streets of Baghdad in 2003. Ghosts of soldiers, citizens, zoo animals, a son of the former ruler of the country. These ghosts are part of the vivid display of the madness of war, and what it means to be caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.
BWW Reviews: Dobama's SUPERIOR DONUTS, Dessert for Both the Laughers and the ThinkersBWW Reviews: Dobama's SUPERIOR DONUTS, Dessert for Both the Laughers and the Thinkers
April 27, 2015

Tracy Letts, the author of SUPERIOR DONUTS, now on stage at Dobama, is an accomplished playwright, actor, and screenwriter. He was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for his play AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY. He won a Tony Award for his portrayal of George in the recent Broadway revival of WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?. He wrote screen adaptations for his plays: BUG and KILLER JOE, as well as AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY and has been nominated for two Screen Actors Guild Awards for his portrayal of Andrew Lockhart in Showtime's HOMELAND.
BWW Reviews: Brilliant IN A WORD at Cleveland Public TheatreBWW Reviews: Brilliant IN A WORD at Cleveland Public Theatre
April 26, 2015

What are the feelings of a husband and wife when they want to conceive a child, but can't? What are the ramifications for that childless family when they are given the opportunity to adopt the 'perfect' child? What is it like when that family becomes aware that their child is autistic? How do parents cope with a child who screams when he becomes frustrated and doesn't have the words to express his needs or habitually follows a pattern over and over, such as reading the same book again and again, or can't socialize with others? What emotionally happens to that family when that child disappears?
BWW Reviews: BAD JEWS, Bad Title, Bad Script at Actors' SummitBWW Reviews: BAD JEWS, Bad Title, Bad Script at Actors' Summit
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Shortly into Actors' Summit's production of BAD JEWS, several things become obvious. The off-setting title was not only a turn-off for many, but was misleading. Secondly, author Joshua Harmon, self-admitted stumbler into the world of playwriting, may need a re-thinking about his career.
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April 13, 2015

William Shakespeare is considered by most experts on English language theatre as being the greatest of all writers. His vast folio of plays, consisting of tragedies, comedies, histories and dramas have lasted for over four hundred years. He is one of the few writers who has theatres, let alone festivals, dedicated exclusively to his works.
BWW Reviews: CPH'S VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE Entertains, But...BWW Reviews: CPH'S VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE Entertains, But...
April 12, 2015

As the lights came up at the start of Cleveland Play House's VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, the audience is exposed to a comfortable large morning room, backed up by a piano area, and stairs to an upstairs. On stage left is a patio, on stage right the house's entrance. Were in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in a home situated on a lake.
BWW Reviews: KINKY BOOTS will 'Raise You Up' at the Conner Palace TheatreBWW Reviews: KINKY BOOTS will 'Raise You Up' at the Conner Palace Theatre
April 10, 2015

o resounding applause, Gina Vernaci, the Executive Producer of Playhouse Square, the woman responsible for cobbling together each year's Key Bank Broadway Series, announced at the local KINKY BOOTS' press opening, that Cleveland's 32,000 subscribers constituted the largest body of audience for any of the toured Broadway cities. What she didn't share was that almost all the tickets for the local run of KINKY BOOTS are sold out. If you expect to see the show, run, don't walk to your computer or phone and order now (216-241-6000 or www.playhousesquare.org). Not later, now!
BWW Reviews: Beck's LEND ME A TENOR - Farce at its Funny Best!BWW Reviews: Beck's LEND ME A TENOR - Farce at its Funny Best!
March 30, 2015

Some people go to the theatre to be educated. Some go to see/listen to a pleasing combination of music and lyrics enclosed in a story. Others go to just have a good time. The latter group should run to their phones or computers right now and make reservations for LEND ME A TENOR. Beck's production is farce at its finest!
BWW Reviews: Sir Isaac Newton Wonderfully Unmasked at Convergence-continuumBWW Reviews: Sir Isaac Newton Wonderfully Unmasked at Convergence-continuum
March 24, 2015

One of the major issues in watching a historidrama is figuring out what is real, what is fiction, and what is fantasy. This is especially the case in Lucas Hnath's ISAAC'S EYE, now on stage at convergence-continuum. Between the laughs and mumbles of 'I didn't know that,' 'wow,' and, 'no way,' it's easy to get lost in intrapersonal mumblings.
BWW Reviews: Plays About Gay Marriage Have a Successful Return Visit to Cleveland Public TheatreBWW Reviews: Plays About Gay Marriage Have a Successful Return Visit to Cleveland Public Theatre
March 10, 2015

In October of 2012, when Cleveland Public Theatre first staged, STANDING ON CEREMONY THE GAY MARRIAGE PLAYS, 'same sex marriage was legal in nine states (Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont and Washington and the District of Columbia).' At the same time, '30 states had added language to their constitutions banning same-sex marriage.'
BWW Reviews: Compelling THE PIANIST OF WILLESDEN LANE at Cleveland Play HouseBWW Reviews: Compelling THE PIANIST OF WILLESDEN LANE at Cleveland Play House
March 9, 2015

It is the intent of theater to educate and entertain, and, in the case of some special offerings, enrapture. Such a piece of theater is THE PIANIST OF WILLESDEN LANE, now on stage at Cleveland Play House.
BWW Reviews: BECKY SHAW, Comedy of Bad Manners, Splendid at DobamaBWW Reviews: BECKY SHAW, Comedy of Bad Manners, Splendid at Dobama
March 9, 2015

Gina Gionfriddo, the author of BECKY SHAW, now on stage at Dobama Theatre, is one of the new breed of playwrights who reflect topics relevant to today, cleverly construct their writings, and uses language that shimmers with naturalism. They don't use stage language or formats like Arthur Miller or Eugene O'Neill, or the oft-present symbolism of Tennessee Williams, nor the existential philosophy of Edward Albee. Gionfriddo, along with such modernists as Neil LaBute and Rajiv Joseph, push the envelope, using real people interacting to highlight their foibles and weaknesses.
BWW Reviews: DIRTY DANCING Disappoints at the Connor PalaceBWW Reviews: DIRTY DANCING Disappoints at the Connor Palace
March 6, 2015

DIRTY DANCING, THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE, which is now in production at the Connor Palace transports the audience back to the summer of 1963. As is the custom of many well-to-do Jewish New York City families of that time, the Housemans have escaped for the summer to the Catskill Mountains, home of the Borscht Belt. It's a summer away from the sweltering city. It's a time for fun and games, and summer romances.
BWW Reviews: DIAL 'M' FOR MURDER - Another Exciting Murder Mystery at GLTBWW Reviews: DIAL 'M' FOR MURDER - Another Exciting Murder Mystery at GLT
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Mystery books are the second highest money-making genre in literature, only exceeded by Romance/Erotica. They are the highest rated television demand topic.
BWW Reviews: MY HEART IS THE DRUM Gets Staged Premiere at Kent State UniversityBWW Reviews: MY HEART IS THE DRUM Gets Staged Premiere at Kent State University
March 2, 2015

One of the major purposes of collegiate musical theater programs, besides teaching acting, singing and dancing skills, is to expand student knowledge of not only traditional, but new scripts. Kent State is offering its students such an opportunity by presenting MY HEART IS THE DRUM.
BWW Reviews: DOGFIGHT Fails to Live Up to Beck-Baldwin Wallace Past ProductionsBWW Reviews: DOGFIGHT Fails to Live Up to Beck-Baldwin Wallace Past Productions
February 25, 2015

Beck Center for the Arts and Baldwin Wallace's Musical Theatre Program have, for the past four years, collaborated to produce some outstanding productions. CARRIE, SPRING AWAKENING and NEXT TO NORMAL all received Cleveland Critic Circle and Times Tribute recognitions.
BWW Reviews: Elements Series Concludes with FIRE ON THE WATER at Cleveland Public TheatreBWW Reviews: Elements Series Concludes with FIRE ON THE WATER at Cleveland Public Theatre
February 5, 2015

BWW Reviews: Magical PIPPIN Almost Finds Its 'Corner of the Sky,' at the Connor PalaceBWW Reviews: Magical PIPPIN Almost Finds Its 'Corner of the Sky,' at the Connor Palace
February 4, 2015

PIPPIN, the Stephen Schwartz (music and lyrics) and Roger O. Hirson (book) magical show is now on stage at The Palace Theatre. It tells a modern version of the mythical tale of Pippin, the oldest son of King Charlemagne, and his search for purpose and identity.
BWW Reviews: PILOBOLUS - Dance Cleveland's Gift to Area's AficionadosBWW Reviews: PILOBOLUS - Dance Cleveland's Gift to Area's Aficionados
February 2, 2015

PILOBOLUS is noted for adding both physical and theatrical elements to dance presentations. They have been credited, in their 44 years of performances, to have added a new way for audiences to look at dance.
BWW Reviews: Ensemble's THURGOOD is a Perfect Black History Month TreatBWW Reviews: Ensemble's THURGOOD is a Perfect Black History Month Treat
February 1, 2015

Thurgood Marshall has been called the 'greatest lawyer of the 20th Century,' 'Mr. Civil Rights,' and is credited with doing 'more than any other American to lift the burden of racism from our society.' It is only appropriate that his life and judicial story be told during Black History month. Ensemble is doing exactly that by presenting multi-award winner George Stevens, Jr.'s THURGOOD.


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