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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Posted: Apr. 5, 2017


BWW Review: A Female HAMLET Brings a Twist to the Play at Great Lakes Theater, Well, Almost . . .BWW Review: A Female HAMLET Brings a Twist to the Play at Great Lakes Theater, Well, Almost . . .
Posted: Apr. 3, 2017


BWW Review:  Disturbing, Funny BETWEEN RIVER AND CRAZY at the Cleveland Play HouseBWW Review: Disturbing, Funny BETWEEN RIVER AND CRAZY at the Cleveland Play House
Posted: Apr. 12, 2017


BWW Review: HARM'S WAY Examines the Underbelly of Humanity at Convergence ContinuumBWW Review: HARM'S WAY Examines the Underbelly of Humanity
Posted: Mar. 27, 2017


BWW Review: A Tale of Disinterring Bodies Makes For Wild Night of Irish Black Comedy at none too fragileBWW Review: A Tale of Disinterring Bodies Makes For Wild Night of Irish Black Comedy
Posted: Mar. 27, 2017


BWW Review: FREAKY FRIDAY at Cleveland Play HouseBWW Review: FREAKY FRIDAY at Cleveland Play House
Posted: Apr. 24, 2017


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BWW Interview: Nancy Maier and OPEN A NEW WINDOW:  THE SONGS OF JERRY HERMAN by The Musical Theater ProjectBWW Interview: Nancy Maier and OPEN A NEW WINDOW
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BWW Preview: 2017 Season is About to Raise the Curtain at the Shaw FestivalBWW Preview: 2017 Season is About to Raise the Curtain at the Shaw Festival
Posted: Apr. 5, 2017


BWW Review: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME at Connor-Palace/ClevelandBWW Review: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG....
Posted: Mar. 23, 2017


BWW Review: A Cleveland Reviewer Goes to Broadway at Tony Time, 2017BWW Review: A Cleveland Reviewer Goes to Broadway at Tony Time, 2017
May 23, 2017

Cleveland talent on stage and producers help enlighten Broadway season!

BWW Review: THINGS AS THEY ARE examines poet Wallace Stevens in world premiere at Playwrights LocalBWW Review: THINGS AS THEY ARE examines poet Wallace Stevens in world premiere at Playwrights Local
May 15, 2017

As a play in process, "Things As They Are" needs to be reexamined with an eye for sharpening and tightening the dialogue and ascertaining whether all the visual and audio stimuli are necessary to tell the tale. For those who like to see new works, to discuss and add in-put into the development process, Playwrights Local and this play offer that opportunity.

BWW Review: “Forever Plaid,” a pleasant Jukebox musical @ Great Lakes Theater
May 9, 2017

"Forever Plaid "is an escapist evening of theater, which is a pleasant trip back to yesterday, when clean-scrubbed boy singers waxed beautifully about the angst of young love, trips of fantasy and the mini-stresses of life. If you like that kind of thing, this is a show for you.

BWW Review:  Well-Written and Performed SALVAGE Fascinates at None-Too-FragileBWW Review: Well-Written and Performed SALVAGE Fascinates at None-Too-Fragile
May 7, 2017

'Salvage,' continues none-too-fragile's history of outstanding theatrical presentations as it takes George Brant's well-crafted script from page to stage, with clarity and vividness.

BWW Review: THE NORTH POOL at EnsembleBWW Review: THE NORTH POOL at Ensemble
May 2, 2017

While the production is well-conceived and holds attention, "The North Pool" is somewhat unsatisfying as a thoughtful piece of play crafting. The script leaves us wanting more, a clearer message to carry from the theatre.

BWW Review: LIZZIE, the grizzly musical, rocks the OhioBWW Review: LIZZIE, the grizzly musical, rocks the Ohio
May 1, 2017

"Lizzie," the rock musical, based on the Lizzie Borden murder mystery, is as much rock concert as theatre, represents the movement in musicals to take on modern trends in music, e.g., rock and rap, and appeal to a younger, modish audience.

BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN is a must see musical farce at Playhouse Square/Connor PalaceBWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN is a must see musical farce at Playhouse Square/Connor Palace
April 28, 2017

"Something Rotten" is a theatrical treata wonderfully conceived and performed musical farce. Anyone who wants to go to the theater and have a great time, unburdened by a complicated plot, listen to fun lyrics, see dynamic dancing and experience two acts of non-stop laughterthis is the must see musical!

BWW Review: Superb HAND TO GOD Demands Attention with Laughter and Angst at DobamaBWW Review: Superb HAND TO GOD Demands Attention with Laughter and Angst at Dobama
April 25, 2017

"Hand to God" is a brilliant production, and places a spotlight on lost people caught up in their inabilities to cope with grief and abandonment. In fascination, we watch as these people lose healthy reality, replace it with abject pain, interspersing horror with laughter. This must-see staging, has to be one of the highlights of this theater season!

BWW Review: FREAKY FRIDAY at Cleveland Play HouseBWW Review: FREAKY FRIDAY at Cleveland Play House
April 24, 2017

If you go to the theater for enjoyment, Cleveland Play House's "Freaky Friday" is your thing. If you go to the theater to see marvelous talent, in a well-directed, well-conceived show, "Freaky Friday" is your thing. If you don't go to theater but have always wondered what a Broadway show is like, "Freaky Friday" is your thing. Yes, if you don't go see "Freaky Friday" you are going to miss out on a special event!

BWW Review: YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU at KarmaBWW Review: YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU at Karma
April 24, 2017

During the late 1920s and into the 1940s, the United States went through the great depression. Unemployment in the U. S. rose to 25%. These were drab times and, as is the case, since the arts represent the era from which they come, the theatre of that time period represented two extremes: heavy drama reflecting the negative mood of the nation and escapism to make people feel better by hiding from their angst-filled reality.

BWW Review:  Disturbing, Funny BETWEEN RIVER AND CRAZY at the Cleveland Play HouseBWW Review: Disturbing, Funny BETWEEN RIVER AND CRAZY at the Cleveland Play House
April 12, 2017

Pulitzer Prize Winner and Steinberg Distinguished Playwright, Stephen Adly Guirgis, whose script 'Between Riverside and Crazy,' is now on stage at Cleveland Play House, is noted for writing plays that feature racial discord and the definition of family, while examining 'self-interest, self-delusion, self-recriminating, greed and amorality.'

BWW Preview: 2017 Season is About to Raise the Curtain at the Shaw FestivalBWW Preview: 2017 Season is About to Raise the Curtain at the Shaw Festival
April 5, 2017

Those nice people from the North who are getting ready to create great theater are beaconing people from CLE to be their guests.

BWW Review: A Female HAMLET Brings a Twist to the Play at Great Lakes Theater, Well, Almost . . .BWW Review: A Female HAMLET Brings a Twist to the Play at Great Lakes Theater, Well, Almost . . .
April 3, 2017

Having been summoned home to Denmark from school in Germany to attend his father's funeral, he is shocked to find his mother Gertrude already remarried to his Uncle Claudius, the dead king's brother, who has declared himself the king, though young Hamlet is the actual heir to the crown. Hamlet, rightly, suspects foul play.

BWW Review: HARM'S WAY Examines the Underbelly of Humanity at Convergence ContinuumBWW Review: HARM'S WAY Examines the Underbelly of Humanity at Convergence Continuum
March 27, 2017

Cleveland is in the midst of 'The Mac Wellman Homecoming Festival,' presented by Playwrights Local, in partnership with Cleveland State University Department of English, the NEOMFA Creative Writing Program, and the Michael Schwartz Library, with performances by Playwrights Local, Theater Ninjas, convergence-continuum, CSU Department of Theatre & Dance, Baldwin Wallace University Department of Theatre and Dance, and The Manhattan Project-Cleveland Lab.

BWW Review: A Tale of Disinterring Bodies Makes For Wild Night of Irish Black Comedy at none too fragileBWW Review: A Tale of Disinterring Bodies Makes For Wild Night of Irish Black Comedy at none too fragile
March 27, 2017

Partake in the free shot of Jamison, which is the hallmark of the pre-show ritual at none-too-fragile, sit back, and allow yourself to be immersed in an Irish black comedy, complete with skull battering, blunt language and a wee bit of fun.

BWW Review: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME at Connor-Palace/ClevelandBWW Review: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME at Connor-Palace/Cleveland
March 23, 2017

When the 2016-17 Key Bank Broadway series was announced, I was ecstatic. Three of my favorite recent Broadway shows were listed: 'Something Rotten,' 'An American in Paris,' and 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.'

BWW Review: Ensemble's 2017 COLOMBI NEW PLAYS FESTIVAL Features OCCUPATION DAD at EnsembleBWW Review: Ensemble's 2017 COLOMBI NEW PLAYS FESTIVAL Features OCCUPATION DAD at Ensemble
March 23, 2017

Ensemble Theatre's 'Playwrights' was established in the early 1990's by Don Bianchi, one of the founders of Dobama, and Park Goist, a professor of American Studies at Case Western Reserve. It was started with the hope of creating an opportunity for local playwrights to have their works staged.

BWW Review: 'Honey, Honey,' MAMMA MIA! Makes Yet Another Stop at Cleveland's Connor PalaceBWW Review: 'Honey, Honey,' MAMMA MIA! Makes Yet Another Stop at Cleveland's Connor Palace
March 16, 2017

Yes, the jukebox musical 'Mamma Mia!' is back in Cleveland. And, as has consistently happened in the past, the audience was on its feet dancing and singing in the rows and aisles during the extended curtain call.

BWW Review: FLOYD COLLINS Melodramatically Spelunkers Into Eternal Fame at Blank CanvasBWW Review: FLOYD COLLINS Melodramatically Spelunkers Into Eternal Fame at Blank Canvas
March 13, 2017

'Floyd Collins,' now on stage at Blank Canvas Theatre, isn't your typical musical. There is no dancing, no show-stopper production numbers, no intentional humor, no subplot, no 'I wish for' numbers. It's a tale of simple folks, a story focused on a man with an obsession to spelunker (explore caves), the power of sensationalism in the press, and the role of family and faith.

BWW Review: HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE Makes For a Slow Haunting Trip at Cleveland Play HouseBWW Review: HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE Makes For a Slow Haunting Trip at Cleveland Play House
March 13, 2017

The mission of the Cleveland Play House is to produce plays that 'inspire stimulate and entertain.' It further intends to bring bold, necessary, personal stories told in imaginative ways to the public.



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