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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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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
Posted: Oct. 10, 2014


BWW Reviews: 'Cool' MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Rocks the State TheatreBWW Reviews: 'Cool' MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Rocks the State Theatre
Posted: Oct. 10, 2014


BWW Reviews: Delightful [title of show] at Beck Center for the ArtsBWW Reviews: Delightful [title of show] at Beck Center for the Arts
Posted: Oct. 13, 2014


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
Posted: Sep. 22, 2014


BWW Reviews: OCCUPANT - The True or False History of Sculptor, Louise Nevelson at Cesear's ForumBWW Reviews: OCCUPANT - The True or False History of Louise Nevelson
Posted: Sep. 22, 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 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: 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: 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.
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 CÚspedes 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.


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