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: OLIVER Doesn't Get Standing 'O' at PorthouseBWW Reviews: OLIVER Doesn't Get Standing 'O' at Porthouse
Posted: Jul. 31, 2014


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
Posted: Jul. 21, 2014


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
Posted: Jul. 30, 2014


BWW Reviews: FROGS Fails to Create Much Excitement at Cain ParkBWW Reviews: FROGS Fails to Create Much Excitement at Cain Park
Posted: Aug. 3, 2014


BWW Reviews: KING JOHN Impresses at the Stratford FestivalBWW Reviews: KING JOHN Impresses at the Stratford Festival
Posted: Aug. 7, 2014


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
Posted: Aug. 6, 2014


BWW Reviews: AMAZONS AND THEIR MEN Script Better Than Convergence-Continuum StagingBWW Reviews: AMAZONS AND THEIR MEN
Posted: Aug. 10, 2014


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


BWW Reviews: SHE LOVES ME, a Marzipan Musical at Beck CenterBWW Reviews: SHE LOVES ME, a Marzipan Musical at Beck Center
Posted: Sep. 21, 2013


BWW Reviews: ONCE, a Tender Little Irish Love Story Musical, Gets Lost in the PalBWW Reviews: ONCE, a Tender Little Irish Love Story Musical, Gets Lost in the Pal
Posted: Nov. 14, 2013


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.'
BWW Reviews: A Satisfying MY FAIR LADY at Porthouse TheatreBWW Reviews: A Satisfying MY FAIR LADY at Porthouse Theatre
June 30, 2014

Last year's Porthouse production of 'South Pacific' joined the beautiful and gifted Kayce Cummings (Green) as Nellie Forbush with suave and talented Greg Violand as Emile DeBecque, with Terri Kent, the theatre's artistic director. The result was 'an evening of fine entertainment.' This year the trio joined forces for a pleasing 'My Fair Lady.'
BWW Reviews: A MAP OF VIRTUE Confounds at Convergence ContinuumBWW Reviews: A MAP OF VIRTUE Confounds at Convergence Continuum
June 23, 2014

Every once in a while a theatrical production results in a 'what is going on?' and 'why is time and energy being wasted on this?' reaction. Such is the case with 'A Map of Virtue' now on stage at convergence continuum.
BWW Reviews: Rabbit Run Introduces Audience to Unbridled Comic Hysteria in NOISES OFFBWW Reviews: Rabbit Run Introduces Audience to Unbridled Comic Hysteria in NOISES OFF
June 20, 2014

The Rabbit Run production of the farce, 'Noises Off,' was well directed, well acted, well technically presented and turned out to be a laugh riot! I saw this show in London was convulsed with laughter. The PP show had much the same effect on me. For anyone wanting a fun summer experience, the trip to Madison, the hospitality and hometown welcome of the RR community, as well as the quality of this production, all say, 'You all come!' You won't regret it.
BWW Reviews: Cespedes Choreography Highlight of Cleveland Foundation Centennial MeetingBWW Reviews: Cespedes Choreography Highlight of Cleveland Foundation Centennial Meeting
June 16, 2014

In the last century, the Cleveland Foundation, the first community foundation in the world, has given $1.78 billion dollars in grants to enrich the lives of young and old through working for sustaining a vibrant local economy, developing human potential, reimagining Cleveland, pioneering housing options, and preserving the arts. What better way is there to celebrate these achievements than to throw well-earned celebrations?
BWW Reviews: HEARTBREAK HOUSE a Long Sit, But the Acting Quality May Make It Worth the EffortBWW Reviews: HEARTBREAK HOUSE a Long Sit, But the Acting Quality May Make It Worth the Effort
June 16, 2014

George Bernard Shaw, considered by many to be the premiere English playwright of the late twentieth and early twenty-first century, had very set opinions, which he expressed in his writing. A member of the Fabian Society, which was an utopian movement dedicated to establishing a socialist society, he attacked the English education system, organized religion, the blindness of the upper classes in ignoring not the needs of others, but for living lives of deceit and hypocrisy.
BWW Reviews: Acting Far Surpasses Script in POSSUM DREAMS at None Too FragileBWW Reviews: Acting Far Surpasses Script in POSSUM DREAMS at None Too Fragile
June 14, 2014

Ed Falco, who teaches writing and literature in Virginia Tech's MFA program, may best be known for his being the uncle of Edie Falco, who played the role of Carmela Soprano on the Sopranos. He is also noted for his work with artists and actors through exploring the healing power of drama.
BWW Reviews: Derdriu Ring, Jeremy Paul and Eric Coble Combine for an Evening of Thought Provoking IntrigueBWW Reviews: Derdriu Ring, Jeremy Paul and Eric Coble Combine for an Evening of Thought Provoking Intrigue
June 10, 2014

Roy Berko (Member, American Theatre Critics Association, Cleveland Critics Circle) Eric Coble, a Cleveland Heights-based writer, is the author of the Alexandra Trilogy. Each play showcases Alex/Alexa/Alexandra at different ages and stages of her life.
BWW Reviews: MAURICE HINES is TAPPIN' THRU LIFEBWW Reviews: MAURICE HINES is TAPPIN' THRU LIFE
June 6, 2014

'Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie,' 'Maestro: Leonard Bernstein,' 'The Devil's Music: The Life and Times of Bessie Smith,' 'One Night with Janice Joplin.' What do these all have in common? They are shows that Cleveland Play House has staged in the last several years, and they are productions that showcase the musical talents of a particular artist.


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