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: Oct. 8, 2019


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Posted: Oct. 6, 2019


BWW Review: Intense, Well-Written and Performed, Thought-Provoking PARADISE BLUE at KaramuBWW Review: Intense, Well-Written and Performed, Thought-Provoking PARADISE BLUE at Karamu
Posted: Sep. 28, 2019


BWW Review: COPENHAGEN at Cesear's ForumBWW Review: COPENHAGEN at Cesear's Forum
Posted: Sep. 22, 2019


BWW Review: Finely Written, Creatively Directed, Well-Acted, Funny, INTO THE BREECHES! at CPHBWW Review: Finely Written, Creatively Directed, Well-Acted, Funny, INTO THE BREECHES! at CPH
Posted: Sep. 22, 2019


BWW Previews: BLUE SKIES - IRVING BERLIN AND THE AMERICAN DREAM at THE MUSICAL THEATER PROJECTBWW Previews: BLUE SKIES - IRVING BERLIN AND THE AMERICAN DREAM at THE MUSICAL THEATER PROJECT
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BWW Review: PREVIEW OF THE SHAW FESTIVAL 19BWW Review: PREVIEW OF THE SHAW FESTIVAL 19
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BWW Review: Seeing BW/Beck's wonderful ONCE once, is not enoughBWW Review: Seeing BW/Beck's wonderful ONCE once, is not enough
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Best Theatres In Cleveland: A Guide To The Top Local TheatresBest Theatres In Cleveland: A Guide To The Top Local Theatres
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BWW Review: Kids And Choreography Enhance MATILDA At The Beck CenterBWW Review: Kids And Choreography Enhance MATILDA At The Beck Center
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BWW Review:  Local Playwright Eric Coble's THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN at KarmaBWW Review: Local Playwright Eric Coble's THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN at Karma
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BWW Review: "Wakey, Wakey" leaves audience emotionally drained at Dobama.
October 20, 2019

'Wakey, Wakey' leaves audience emotionally drained at Dobama.

BWW Review: Women-Centric JULIUS CAESAR at GLT is Bloody-Good
October 8, 2019

Sara Bruner has proven once again that she is the queen of Shakespeare staging. As she did last season with her 'The Taming of the Shrew,' her women-centric version of 'Julius Caesar,' which is now on stage at Great Lakes Theater, is creative, well-formulated and long on clear message development.

BWW Review: MEMBER OF THE WEDDING is Less Than it Should Be at Beck Center for the Arts
October 6, 2019

The play 'Member of the Wedding' is based on Carson McCullers 1946 novel of the same name. The author also penned the script for the 1950 Broadway stage production which starred Ethel Waters, Julie Harris and Brandon DeWilde.

BWW Review: THE MUSIC MAN Gets Fresh, Dynamic, Engaging Production at GLT
September 29, 2019

We are in the midst of 'The Music Man' blizzard. In the last year, Porthouse Theatre and The Shaw Festival have done the show, and a Broadway production starring Hugh Jackman as Harold Hill, will begin performances on October 15, 2020. Two-time Tony Award-winning superstar, Sutton Foster, will co-star as Marian the librarian. The production will be directed by four-time Tony Award winner, Jerry Zaks, with choreography by Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle.

BWW Review: Intense, Well-Written and Performed, Thought-Provoking PARADISE BLUE at Karamu
September 28, 2019


BWW Previews: BLUE SKIES - IRVING BERLIN AND THE AMERICAN DREAM at THE MUSICAL THEATER PROJECT
September 27, 2019

On October 12 at 8PM in the Ohio Theatre and October 13 at 3 PM at Fairmount Temple, The Musical Theater Project (TMTP) will present 'BLUE SKIES-IRVING BERLIN AND THE AMERICAN DREAM' with Bill Rudman, Paul Ferguson, Trev Offult and Michael Shirtz, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra and Joe Hunter Trio. It is a tribute to Irving Berlin.

BWW Review: COPENHAGEN at Cesear's Forum
September 22, 2019


BWW Review: Finely Written, Creatively Directed, Well-Acted, Funny, INTO THE BREECHES! at CPH
September 22, 2019

As the lights come up on the Tony Winning Cleveland Play House's opening production of its 104thseason, it's 1942 and the Oberon Play House (a stand-in name for CPH), is about to open its season. There is a major problem, however. The plays scheduled are all Shakespeare, the company's males are all off fighting in World War II, and the director is in the service of his country.

BWW Review: BY THE BOG OF CASS is a Tale of Irish Angst on Stage at Ensemble
September 14, 2019


BWW Review: STUPID FU***ING BIRD Takes Glorious Flight at Dobama
September 9, 2019

The lights dim. Joseph Lyle Dunn, who we later learn is portraying Conrad, the play's protagonist, comes stage center and says, 'The play will begin when someone says: 'Start the fucking play.'' As if on cue, a member of the audience yells, 'Start the fucking play,' and it does!

BWW Review: Hello! BOOK OF MORMON Delights Once Again in its Return to Connor Palace
September 9, 2019

How many times can you see 'Book of Mormon' and continue to be delighted? I'm at #8 and counting! Yes, the Huntington Bank Series touring production of the irreverent look at religion, racism, Mormon up-tight piety and all things ridiculous, is back again, and, if you can believe it, better than ever.

BWW Review: “Shakespeare's R&J” is Bard light at convergence continuum
August 31, 2019


BWW Review: BWU's Musical Theatre Program And The Cleveland Orchestra Create An Enchanted Evening
August 27, 2019

What happens when you meld together performers from the 'top destination for any student who wants to study musical theatre,' one of the leading orchestras in the world, and a recognized classic of the American theater lexicon? You get a production starring past and present Baldwin Wallace University's Music Theatre program (supplemented by a few guests), the Cleveland Orchestra (under the baton of Andy Einhorn), and 'South Pacific' by Rogers and Hammerstein.

BWW Review: LOBBY HERO at Blank Canvas Asks, 'What is the Moral Thing to Do?”
August 24, 2019

Kenneth Lonergan is noted for writing about decent people who are unexpectedly challenged by issues of ethics. In his 'Lobby Hero,' now on stage at Blank Canvas, the 2016 Oscar winner for 'Manchester by the Sea' specifically asks, 'What happens when emotions come in conflict with principles.'

BWW Review: None Too Fragile Has New Home—High Quality of Productions Still the Same!
August 18, 2019


BWW Review: THE LION KING at State Theatre, Cleveland
August 12, 2019

There is an old adage in the theater that an audience should not leave a musical theater production whistling sets and costumes. In other words, it should be the music and story-line that are most important.

BWW Review: Clevelanders Invade Shaw Festival--2019
August 4, 2019


BWW Review: THE MUSIC MAN at Porthouse (Kent State University)
July 28, 2019

Meredith Wilson's 'The Music Man' is one of American musical theatre's most produced shows. Professional, community and educational theatres stage the show on a regular basis. The songfest, which is as American as apple pie and a Fourth of July fireworks display, is now on stage at Porthouse Theatre.

BWW Review: Nicely Conceived CHESS Production Enhances A Weak Script at Near West Theatre
July 22, 2019

Most musicals follow the tried and true pattern of being written in a format that it is expected to be examined and redone through a series of readings, rewrites, staged readings, rewrites, previews, more rewrites, and, if lucky, a full-staged production. As the process continues the script and score are improved to attempt to ensure that they are well-integrated.

BWW Review: TOM AT THE FARM Fulfills Convergence Continuum's Language, Structure, Space and Performance Mission
July 20, 2019




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