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 Review: BASKERVILLE A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY at Cleveland Play HouseBWW Review: BASKERVILLE A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY at Cleveland Play House
Posted: Jan. 30, 2017


BWW Review: BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL at Beck Center For The Arts/Baldwin Wallace University's Musical Theatre ProgramBWW Review: BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL at Beck Center
Posted: Feb. 20, 2017


BWW Review: Well-Conceived BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY at Lakeland Civic TheatreBWW Review: Well-Conceived BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY at Lakeland Civic Theatre
Posted: Feb. 21, 2017


BWW Review: WAIT UNTIL DARK Underwhelming at Great Lakes TheaterBWW Review: WAIT UNTIL DARK Underwhelming at Great Lakes Theater
Posted: Feb. 21, 2017


BWW Review: Ensemble Hits a Hole-in-One with RADIO GOLFBWW Review: Ensemble Hits a Hole-in-One with RADIO GOLF
Posted: Feb. 27, 2017


BWW Review:  Well Done BARBECUE Lights Up Cleveland Public TheatreBWW Review: Well Done BARBECUE Lights Up Cleveland Public Theatre
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BWW Review: Applause, But No Standing Ovation for CABARET at Blank Canvas - But Big Time Accolades of Alan Cumming in ConcertBWW Review: Applause for CABARET; Standing O for Alan Cumming
Posted: Dec. 6, 2016


Beck Center Does National Search for Their Billy (Elliot)Beck Center Does National Search for Their Billy (Elliot)
Posted: Jun. 30, 2016


BWW Review: FOOTLOOSE Leaves Them On Their feet, Yelling and Applauding at PorthouseBWW Review: FOOTLOOSE Leaves Them On Their feet, Yelling and Applauding at Porthouse
Posted: Aug. 1, 2016


BWW Review: Cleveland Ballet is Back with New Leadership and AttitudeBWW Review: Cleveland Ballet is Back with New Leadership and Attitude
Posted: May. 2, 2016


BWW Review:  I CALL MY BROTHERS Challenges and Confounds at Cleveland Public TheatreBWW Review: I CALL MY BROTHERS Challenges and Confounds at Cleveland Public Theatre
March 1, 2017

It's no wonder in this age of xenophobia, racial profiling and baiting, irrational interpretation of regulations, police brutality and alternate facts being spewed, that when a car bomb goes off in the center of a large American metropolis, a Muslim young man would become paranoid.

BWW Review:  Well Done BARBECUE Lights Up Cleveland Public TheatreBWW Review: Well Done BARBECUE Lights Up Cleveland Public Theatre
February 27, 2017

Addiction, whether it's alcohol, drugs, sex, racism, obsessive compulsion or eating, is no funny matter. That is unless it's in a play written by playwright Robert O'Hara.

BWW Review: Ensemble Hits a Hole-in-One with RADIO GOLFBWW Review: Ensemble Hits a Hole-in-One with RADIO GOLF
February 27, 2017

August Wilson is considered not only one of the greatest of African American playwrights, but of all theatrical writers. His themes of self-identity, racism, loyalty, religion, deception, love, gentrification and historical verification form the centerpiece of his well-received 'Century Cycle' about black life in Pittsburgh.

BWW Review: Well-Conceived BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY at Lakeland Civic TheatreBWW Review: Well-Conceived BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY at Lakeland Civic Theatre
February 21, 2017

The capsule judgement of my review of the Broadway production of The Bridges of Madison County stated, 'The Bridges of Madison County' is one of those special, intimate, meaningful, well-conceived and performed shows that deserved a longer shelf-life than it is getting.'

BWW Review: WAIT UNTIL DARK Underwhelming at Great Lakes TheaterBWW Review: WAIT UNTIL DARK Underwhelming at Great Lakes Theater
February 21, 2017

Over the last number of years Great Lakes Theater has cobbled together seasons consisting of Shakespearean classics, musicals and mystery plays. The combination has proven to be very successful, with many award winning productions and audience pleasing shows being produced.

BWW Review: BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL at Beck Center For The Arts/Baldwin Wallace University's Musical Theatre ProgramBWW Review: BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL at Beck Center For The Arts/Baldwin Wallace University's Musical Theatre Program
February 20, 2017

Mention Lin-Manuel Miranda and the musical sensation Hamilton comes to mind. If not, then, In the Heights, which had a run at Beck Center last year, is noted. Few know Miranda also wrote both the music and lyrics, along with Tom Kitt and Amanda Green for Bring It On: The Musical, with book by Jeff Whitty, which is loosely based on the 2000 film of the same name. The script centers on the competitive world of cheerleading, with side stories about bullying, teen angst and determining what's important in the world.

BWW Review: BASKERVILLE A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY at Cleveland Play HouseBWW Review: BASKERVILLE A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY at Cleveland Play House
January 30, 2017

Ken Ludwig is the crown king of writing modern farcical plays. He and the Cleveland Play House seem to have a 'thing' for each other. Ludwig has had world premiere productions of his scripts A Comedy of Tenors (2015), The Games Afoot (2011) and Leading Ladies (2004) on CPH stages.

BWW Review: DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM, CLEVELAND BALLET, GROUNDWORKS at Ohio TheatreBWW Review: DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM, CLEVELAND BALLET, GROUNDWORKS at Ohio Theatre
January 26, 2017

Founded in 1969, the Dance Theatre of Harlem, which is housed in the Harlem section of New York City, was the first black professional classical ballet company. Since that time, as was evidenced in their recent Cleveland concerts, the organization has extended its purpose to being racially diverse and performing an eclectic repertoire that stresses empowerment through dance.

BWW Review: THE NIGHT ALIVE at DobamaBWW Review: THE NIGHT ALIVE at Dobama
January 23, 2017

Conor McPherson, author of THE NIGHT ALIVE, now on stage at Dobama Theatre, is considered one of the important new breed of playwrights who delve into the lives of people. In this case, Irish people, usually Irish men. He has an eye for loneliness and despair. His plays often are 'meditations on regret, guilt and confusion.'

BWW Review: THE PHANTOM TOOL BOOTH at Ensemble TheatreBWW Review: THE PHANTOM TOOL BOOTH at Ensemble Theatre
January 16, 2017

Much like Lewis Carroll's ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND and L. Frank Baum's THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF OZ, Norton Juster's THE PHANTOM TOLL BOOTH is a fantasy adventure. All three are perceived as tales for children, but, in reality, though they are intended to teach youngsters, the messages are often so complex that they go over the heads of their intended audience.

BWW Review: THIS IS NOT ABOUT MY DEAD DOG at Playwrights LocalBWW Review: THIS IS NOT ABOUT MY DEAD DOG at Playwrights Local
January 16, 2017

A present trend in entertainment is story telling before an audience. 'The Moth: True Stories Told Live,' is one of Public Radio's highest rated offerings. The publicity for the show states, 'The Moth is deeply rooted in the desire [of humans] to connect with each other through shared experiences in stories.' ccording to its blog site, though there are many opportunities nation-wide to experience first-hand 'The Moth' readings, none are being staged in the Cleveland area.

BWW Review: Cleveland Theater Tributes 2016BWW Review: Cleveland Theater Tributes 2016
January 17, 2017

Greater Cleveland is blessed with a vital theater scene. It has been the purpose of the TIMES THEATER TRIBUTES, now known as BROADWAY WORLD-CLEVELAND REGIONAL PROFESSIONAL THEATER TRIBUTES (BWW-Cle Theater Tributes), to recognize theatrical experiences that, in the subjective view of this reviewer, were excellent and deserve recognition.

BWW Review: Innovative INTO THE WOODS Examines 'Happily Ever After' at Connor PalaceBWW Review: Innovative INTO THE WOODS Examines 'Happily Ever After' at Connor Palace
January 16, 2017

Contemporary musical theater and jazz, are two major contributions to the arts of the world that have come from the United States. Originally filled with escapist reviews and song and dance shows, with no story or purpose other than to entertain, the American musical has evolved into a format to tell tales of importance (HAMILTON), highlight sociological and societal changes (HAIR) and make pleas for understanding (RENT).

BWW Review: Compelling and Relevant CLYBOURNE PARK by CPH/CWRUBWW Review: Compelling and Relevant CLYBOURNE PARK by CPH/CWRU
December 9, 2016

This country is in political and social turmoil. There is a President-elect who appears will win the Electoral College endorsement, while losing the election by a reported 2-million plus votes. There is a rise of xenophobia, the Alt-right, the presence of hate groups, possible destruction of the health care system, while the liberal-left pleads for protection against sexual imposition, women and gay rights, and clean air.

BWW Review: Applause, But No Standing Ovation for CABARET at Blank Canvas - But Big Time Accolades of Alan Cumming in ConcertBWW Review: Applause, But No Standing Ovation for CABARET at Blank Canvas - But Big Time Accolades of Alan Cumming in Concert
December 6, 2016

Cabaret. It's 1931 in Germany, a country of unrest. We find ourselves at the Kit Kat Klub, a seedy cabaret, a place of decadence and emotional abandonment. Hanging over the entire scene is the aura of the growth of the Nazi party and the impending reign of terror.

Natalie Weiss To Perform Music Box Concert and Teach in Cleveland Musical Theatre Intensive Educational ProgramNatalie Weiss To Perform Music Box Concert and Teach in Cleveland Musical Theatre Intensive Educational Program
December 6, 2016

Cleveland Music Theatre (CMT), the brainchild of native Clevelanders Miles Sternfeld and Sean Patrick, was created to provide Northeast Ohio with high quality, engaging, locally produced musical theater by uniting Cleveland's most talented artists with Broadway/national talent, while creating educational opportunities for rising professional actors.

BWW Review: Delightful THE LITTLE MERMAID at Beck CenterBWW Review: Delightful THE LITTLE MERMAID at Beck Center
December 5, 2016

One of the difficulties of doing the Disney Theatrical, The Little Mermaid, is how to do the underwater scenes. Yes, much of the story of Ariel, the daughter of King Triton, the master of the sea, in her search for 'a world in which I feel truly realized in my own terms,' takes place, as the songs states, 'Under the Sea,' in contrast to 'The World Above.'

BWW Review: Cleveland Orchestra Sublime, THE NUTCRACKER UninspiredBWW Review: Cleveland Orchestra Sublime, THE NUTCRACKER Uninspired
December 2, 2016

When the Cleveland Ballet left this area for San Jose, California, in 2000, it is rumored that the organization was over one-million dollars in debt. Lots of fingers were pointed as to why the deficit existed, but one thing is for sure, there will always be, it the minds of those who saw it, one lasting legacy of Dennis Nahat and his reign as the company's Artistic Director. From its 1979 debut, when it sold out every night of its two-week run, until its escape to the west coast, Nahat's THE NUTCRACKER reigned supreme.

2017 Winter/Spring Cleveland Theater Calendar2017 Winter/Spring Cleveland Theater Calendar
November 29, 2016

Here's a list of some of the offerings of local theatres through the winter and spring seasons (January-May). SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL THEATRES!

BWW Review: THE NIGHT THOREAU SPENT IN JAIL at Ensemble TheatreBWW Review: THE NIGHT THOREAU SPENT IN JAIL at Ensemble Theatre
November 28, 2016

Henry David Thoreau was a rebel. A rebel with many causes. He opposed taxation, contested war on foreign soils, was a strong advocate for the abolition of slavery, refused to pay fees for things that he thought were earned and therefore should not cost money (e.g., as a Harvard graduate he rejected paying the dollar required for getting his official graduation certificate). He believed in the interdependence of man and nature, independent thinking, education through discovery, and he rebuffed organized religion.



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