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: Deaf and Blind Israeli Performers Fascinate Audience in NOT BY BREAD ALONE at the OhioBWW Reviews: Deaf and Blind Israeli Performers Fascinate Audience in NOT BY BREAD ALONE at the Ohio
Posted: Mar. 21, 2014


BWW Reviews: Local Actor, Corey Mach, Turns on Audience in FLASHDANCE at the PalaceBWW Reviews: Local Actor, Corey Mach, Turns on Audience in FLASHDANCE at the Palace
Posted: Apr. 4, 2014


The Shaw Festival's 2014 season…Cleveland ConnectionThe Shaw Festival's 2014 season…Cleveland Connection
Posted: Mar. 20, 2014


BWW Reviews: 'night MOTHER - Pulitzer Prize Script and Masterful Acting at Beck CenterBWW Reviews: 'night MOTHER - Pulitzer Prize Script and Masterful Acting at Beck Center
Posted: Mar. 23, 2014


BWW Reviews: CLYBOURNE PARK - A Pulitzer Prize View of Neighborhood Integration and GentrificationBWW Reviews: CLYBOURNE PARK - A Pulitzer Prize View of Neighborhood Integration and Gentrification
Posted: Mar. 27, 2014


BWW Reviews: Actors' Summit - HANDLE WITH CARE, It's Mostly Hebrew to Me!BWW Reviews: Actors' Summit - HANDLE WITH CARE, It's Mostly Hebrew to Me!
Posted: Apr. 7, 2014


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Posted: Nov. 11, 2013


BWW Reviews: YENTL Disappoints at Cleveland Play HouseBWW Reviews: YENTL Disappoints at Cleveland Play House
Posted: Jan. 16, 2014


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BWW Reviews: Wonderful WICKED Wows 'em Again at State TheatreBWW Reviews: Wonderful WICKED Wows 'em Again at State Theatre
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BWW Reviews: The Musical Theater Project Presents DECONSTRUCTING KURT WEILLBWW Reviews: The Musical Theater Project Presents DECONSTRUCTING KURT WEILL
April 14, 2014

The wording on the gravestone of Kurt Weill comes from the song 'A Bird of Passage' from his musical, 'Lost in the Stars.' It reads: 'This is the life of men on earth: Out of darkness we come at birth. Into a lamplit room, and then-Go forward into dark again.'
BWW Reviews: AS YOU LIKE IT - Comedic Farce Delights at Great Lakes TheaterBWW Reviews: AS YOU LIKE IT - Comedic Farce Delights at Great Lakes Theater
April 8, 2014

What do the phrases, 'all the world's a stage' and 'too much of a good thing' have in common? They are both quotes from Shakespeare's pastoral comedy 'As You Like It.' As is true of that genre, the play, which was written early in 1600, deals with shepherds and the rustic life, but, also concerns love, in its various forms.
BWW Reviews: Actors' Summit - HANDLE WITH CARE, It's Mostly Hebrew to Me!BWW Reviews: Actors' Summit - HANDLE WITH CARE, It's Mostly Hebrew to Me!
April 7, 2014

Picture this: on a Thursday night, an American theatrical comedy, one-third of which's dialogue was spoken in Hebrew, was viewed by an audience composed primarily of Hebrew speaking Israelis. The setting: Actors' Summit in Akron. Yes, Akron, Ohio with a small Jewish population!
BWW Reviews: None to Fragile's GIDION'S KNOT, Riveting, Disturbing, Brilliant!BWW Reviews: None to Fragile's GIDION'S KNOT, Riveting, Disturbing, Brilliant!
April 6, 2014

Last year, none too fragile theater's ON THE LINE was honored by the Cleveland Critics Circle as being the 'Best Non-Musical Production of 1913.' Their production of GIDION'S KNOT establishes itself as a candidate for the award this year!
BWW Reviews: Local Actor, Corey Mach, Turns on Audience in FLASHDANCE at the PalaceBWW Reviews: Local Actor, Corey Mach, Turns on Audience in FLASHDANCE at the Palace
April 4, 2014

On opening night, when Corey Mach made his first appearance on stage in 'Flashdance The Musical,' the audience, after being prepped about his entrance by Gina Vernaci, Senior Vice President of Theater Operations, greeted him with a lengthy ovation. During the curtain call, the audience exploded in vocal and physical adoration when Mach came on stage. Then, when the 2006 Strongsville High School and 2010 Baldwin-Wallace alum put on an Indian's baseball cap, the Palace Theatre literally shook with unbridled excitement. Yes, this was a glorious 'welcome home Corey' celebration.
BWW Reviews: CLYBOURNE PARK - A Pulitzer Prize View of Neighborhood Integration and GentrificationBWW Reviews: CLYBOURNE PARK - A Pulitzer Prize View of Neighborhood Integration and Gentrification
March 27, 2014

Have you ever wondered, after seeing a play, what might have happened to the characters or even the physical structure in which the story is set, before the play began or after it ended? Bruce Norris's 'CLYBOURNE PARK' does exactly that.
BWW Reviews: 'night MOTHER - Pulitzer Prize Script and Masterful Acting at Beck CenterBWW Reviews: 'night MOTHER - Pulitzer Prize Script and Masterful Acting at Beck Center
March 23, 2014

One of the most common questions I encountered as a counselor when working with someone who had just experienced the suicide of a family member or acquaintance was 'Why did s/he do it?' Or, in confronting someone who was suicidal, the question is, 'Why do you want to do that?' Ironically, most of the time there is no thoughtful answer.
BWW Reviews: Deaf and Blind Israeli Performers Fascinate Audience in NOT BY BREAD ALONE at the OhioBWW Reviews: Deaf and Blind Israeli Performers Fascinate Audience in NOT BY BREAD ALONE at the Ohio
March 21, 2014

'NOT BY BREAD ALONE' is everything good theatre should be....a thought- provoking, experience-broadening, emotionally inspiring experience that should open the eyes and hearts of the viewer. Mazel tov to Adina Tai and the Nalaga'at Deaf-Blind Theater Ensemble of Israel.
The Shaw Festival's 2014 season…Cleveland ConnectionThe Shaw Festival's 2014 season…Cleveland Connection
March 20, 2014

The Shaw Festival is one of the two major Canadian theatre celebrations, the other being The Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario. Both are professional,, high quality venues.
BWW Reviews: LOBSTER ALICE - Salvatore Dali and Walt Disney at Convergence-ContinuumBWW Reviews: LOBSTER ALICE - Salvatore Dali and Walt Disney at Convergence-Continuum
March 18, 2014

Walt Disney was an animator, cartoonist, producer, director, screenwriter, and the voice of Mickey Mouse. He won 22 Academy Awards. It is ironic that for a man noted for producing some of the most beloved and lovable visual characters, he was emotionally conservative, not often drawing attention to himself.
Stratford 2014 Shakespeare Festival Presents a Season for MadnessStratford 2014 Shakespeare Festival Presents a Season for Madness
March 12, 2014

The 2014 Stratford Festival's theme is 'Madness: Minds Pushed to the Edge,' and includes more than 150 debates, concerts, workshops, and, of course, theater, theater, and more theatre. The play offerings examine the madness of love, family, power, war, desire and money!
BWW Reviews: Bloody, Gory TITUS A GRAND AND GORY ROCK MUSICAL Continues CPT's Off-the-Beaten-Path JourneyBWW Reviews: Bloody, Gory TITUS A GRAND AND GORY ROCK MUSICAL Continues CPT's Off-the-Beaten-Path Journey
March 11, 2014

Since he became the artistic director of Cleveland Public Theatre, Raymond Bobgan has set a clear path. He has organized a theatre that centers on practicality. It lives within its means, is well organized and is artistically creative. The play productions respond to 'the political events, societal movements and new technology.' It has a spiritual mission that places 'high value on truth, even if that truth cannot be easily packaged or explained.'
BWW Reviews: MADE IN AMERICA, a World Premiere at DobamaBWW Reviews: MADE IN AMERICA, a World Premiere at Dobama
March 10, 2014

When Dobama, Ensemble, Beck's studio theatre and convergence-continuum, venues, where each has a mission of producing innovative and forward-thinking plays search for scripts, they usually turn to recent Broadway and off-Broadway offerings. Every once in a while, they workshop new scripts in order to allow the authors to discover the strengths and weaknesses of their writing by exposing the material to selected audiences. This process allows the author to make changes before the work is presented to general audiences.
BWW Reviews: JOSEPH National Tour Starts Slow in ClevelandBWW Reviews: JOSEPH National Tour Starts Slow in Cleveland
March 6, 2014

JOSEPH is one of my favorite escapist musical theatre scripts. I love the music, the creativity of taking a Bible story and making it into a pleasant family experience without getting preachy. The version now on stage at the Palace was not one of my favorite stagings of the show. Audiences will generally like it, but it could have been 'One More Angel in Heaven,' at least in show business firmament, but it wasn't.
BWW Reviews: DEATHTRAP - Twists, Turns and Humor Excite at GLTBWW Reviews: DEATHTRAP - Twists, Turns and Humor Excite at GLT
February 24, 2014

Overheard at intermission of 'DEATHTRAP' at Great Lakes Theater: 'I never expected that to happen!' Response: 'I've seen this before and what's coming up in the second act is even more surprising!'
BWW Reviews: BREATH AND IMAGINATION Enlightens at Cleveland Play HouseBWW Reviews: BREATH AND IMAGINATION Enlightens at Cleveland Play House
February 20, 2014

Roland Hayes, Paul Robeson, Marian Anderson. While Robeson and Anderson are probably names that many Americans can identify, Hayes probably is not.
BWW Reviews: Inlet Dance Educates in Collaboration with Cleveland Museum of Natural HistoryBWW Reviews: Inlet Dance Educates in Collaboration with Cleveland Museum of Natural History
February 18, 2014

Bill Wade's INLET DANCE COMPANY uses dance to educate and enlighten. His proficient and creative dancers, and collaborative approach to performance, makes it one of the most exciting of Cleveland's dance companies.
BWW Interview: Musical Theater Project Looks Behind the Scenes of 'FIDDLER'BWW Interview: Musical Theater Project Looks Behind the Scenes of 'FIDDLER'
February 13, 2014

In September, 1964, Broadway welcomed what was to become one of the major musical theatre events. With a score highlighted by 'Sunrise Sunset,' 'If I Were a Rich Man,' 'To Life,' and 'Matchmaker,' 'FIDDLER ON THE ROOF' opened to rave reviews, sold out houses, and unbridled praise. The path to that September day was not easy.
BWW Reviews: CARRIE: THE MUSICAL Captivates and Compels Attention at BeckBWW Reviews: CARRIE: THE MUSICAL Captivates and Compels Attention at Beck
February 9, 2014

From the heavy beating musical sound at the start, through the exciting powerful opening dance, to the exposition presented in the song, 'In,' through the compelling story filled with well designed twists and turns, to the startling conclusion, 'CARRIE: THE MUSICAL,' now on stage at Beck Center, captivates the imagination and compels attention.
BWW Reviews: PORGY AND BESS Enthralls at the PalaceBWW Reviews: PORGY AND BESS Enthralls at the Palace
February 6, 2014

It might surprise many to find that the original 1935 Broadway production of 'PORGY AND BESS' ran only 124 performances. The reasons were many including the all Black cast, some of the overtones of the script were perceived by some to be 'too Negro,' the opera format was considered 'not Broadway,' while some railed that it 'had racial overtones.' Other suppositions were that the heavy dependence of a strong story line was not a familiar format during the era of escapist comedies, follies and vaudeville. Not to be overlooked was the fact that the production lasted four hours, with two intermissions.