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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BWW Preview:  Apollo's Fire, Cleveland's award winning Baroque orchestra, opens new season with ?Israel in Egypt?BWW Preview: Apollo's Fire, Cleveland's award winning Baroque orchestra, opens new season with ?Israel in Egypt?
Posted: Sep. 5, 2017


BWW Previews:  ?The Cunning Little Vixen? to Open The Cleveland Orchestra's 100th seasonBWW Previews: ?The Cunning Little Vixen? to Open The Cleveland Orchestra's 100th season
Posted: Sep. 6, 2017


BWW Review: Finely Performed ?Simply Simone? Jazzes Up KaramuBWW Review: Finely Performed ?Simply Simone? Jazzes Up Karamu
Posted: Sep. 18, 2017


BWW Review: Opening night standing ovation for Dobama's ?brownsville song (b-side for tray) well-deservedBWW Review: Opening night standing ovation for Dobama's ?brownsville song (b-side for tray) well-deserved
Posted: Sep. 4, 2017


BWW Review: RHINOCEROS Challenges the Audience to Place a Spotlight on the Absurdity of Life Today at Con-ConBWW Review: RHINOCEROS Challenges the Audience to Place a Spotlight on the Absurdity of Life Today at Con-Con
Posted: Aug. 27, 2017


BWW Review: Irreverent BWW Review: Irreverent "Book of Mormon" Delights in Return Visit at State Theatre
Posted: Sep. 14, 2017


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BWW Review: Applause, But No Standing Ovation for CABARET at Blank Canvas - But Big Time Accolades of Alan Cumming in ConcertBWW Review: Applause for CABARET; Standing O for Alan Cumming
Posted: Dec. 6, 2016


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 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
Posted: Mar. 9, 2017


BWW Review: DISNEY'S NEWSIES, in it's Area Premiere, Makes for a Very Pleasant Evening of Theater at Porthouse TheatreBWW Review: DISNEY'S NEWSIES, in it's Area Premiere, Makes for a Very Pleasant Evening of Theater at Porthouse Theatre
Posted: Jul. 31, 2017


BWW Review: ROCK OF AGES Rocks, Really Rocks, at Cain ParkBWW Review: ROCK OF AGES Rocks, Really Rocks, at Cain Park
Posted: Jun. 11, 2017


BWW Review:  Mesmerizing, emotion-laden “Last of the Boys” at none too fragile
September 19, 2017

War is hell and, as highlighted in Last of the Boys, its aftermath is often worse. Kudos to Sean Derry and his cast for creating a compelling evening of theater. This is must see theater for anyone interested in fine acting and a more real than life picture of the outcomes of combative and emotional wars on human beings.

BWW Review: Cleveland Play House opens 2017-2018 with entertaining “Shakespeare in Love”
September 18, 2017

Cleveland Play House opens 2017-2018 with entertaining Shakespeare in Love

BWW Review: Finely Performed “Simply Simone” Jazzes Up Karamu
September 18, 2017

Mention the name Nina Simone and your mind probably conjures up jazz. Yes, Nina, the jazz superstar and writer/performer of such powerhouse songs as 'My Baby Just Cares for Me,' 'To Be Young, Gifted and Black,' and 'Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood.' But, were you aware that the terms child prodigy, civil rights activist, political exile and the Legend Queen of Black Classical music also apply?

BWW Review: Irreverent BWW Review: Irreverent "Book of Mormon" Delights in Return Visit at State Theatre
September 14, 2017

One of the major concerns in attending a return visit by a Broadway touring show is that the production will be a lesser version. Those planning on attending 'Book of Mormon,' now on stage at the State Theatre, should have no fears. This reincarnation is equally good as any of the other versions that have trucked into town. In fact, it is probably better than some of the others.

BWW Previews:  “The Cunning Little Vixen” to Open The Cleveland Orchestra's 100th season
September 6, 2017

The Cleveland Orchestra is on the verge of reaching its centennial. In celebration of this momentous milestone, the innovative made-for-Cleveland stylized opera production of Leo Jana?ek's 'The Cunning Vixen' will grace the Severance Hall stage.

BWW Preview:  Apollo's Fire, Cleveland's award winning Baroque orchestra, opens new season with “Israel in Egypt”
September 5, 2017

Apollo's Fire, Cleveland's award winning Baroque orchestra, opens new season with "Israel in Egypt"

BWW Review: Opening night standing ovation for Dobama's “brownsville song (b-side for tray) well-deserved
September 4, 2017

Dobama, Cleveland's fine off-Broadway professional theatre, opens its 2017-2018 season with a mesmerizing production of Kimber Lee's "must see" script. Generally well-directed, often superlatively acted, this is drama at its finest! The opening night standing ovation was well-deserved.

BWW Review: RHINOCEROS Challenges the Audience to Place a Spotlight on the Absurdity of Life Today at Con-ConBWW Review: RHINOCEROS Challenges the Audience to Place a Spotlight on the Absurdity of Life Today at Con-Con
August 27, 2017

Eugene Ionesco, Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter and Edward Albee are Theatre of the Absurd playwrights. Unlike modern-movement writers like Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams and William Inge, who wrote realistic plays which included solutions to problems or resolved situations, the Absurdists based their plays on Existentialism, asking, 'Why do we exist?' but giving no answers. Their writings are full of questions to ponder and probe.

BWW Review: EQUUS at Blank CanvasBWW Review: EQUUS at Blank Canvas
August 13, 2017

This is required attendance for anyone interested in experiences of marrying a well-written script with a superb staging. If for no other reason, go to the theater to experience the marvel of Antonio DeJesus.

BWW Review: A Clevelander's View of the Shaw Festival - 2017BWW Review: A Clevelander's View of the Shaw Festival - 2017
August 1, 2017

The Shaw is one of two major Canadian theater celebrations, the other being The Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario. Both are professional, high quality venues.

BWW Review: DISNEY'S NEWSIES, in it's Area Premiere, Makes for a Very Pleasant Evening of Theater at Porthouse TheatreBWW Review: DISNEY'S NEWSIES, in it's Area Premiere, Makes for a Very Pleasant Evening of Theater at Porthouse Theatre
July 31, 2017

'Newsies' is the Disney produced musical that was inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in which a group of ragtag ruffian youth, who were the breadwinners for their impoverished immigrant families, stood up to the powerful Joseph Pulitzer, the owner of New York's major newspaper. The show is now on stage at Porthouse Theatre, in its area premiere, on the grounds of Blossom Center.

BWW Review:  “Best of Broadway' brings out the best of the Cleveland Orchestra and Festival Chorus at Blossom
July 21, 2017

A massive Blossom crowd, a nearly full amphitheater and a lawn in which not a blade of grass was not the covered with blankets, table cloths, lawn chairs and people, came out to hear the 'Best of Broadway,' a series of groovy music, jive, jazz, tin pan alley and ballads from the golden years of musicals performed on the Great White Way.

BWW Review: The Hills Are Alive, Once Again, with the THE SOUND OF MUSIC Courtesy of Playhouse SquareBWW Review: The Hills Are Alive, Once Again, with the THE SOUND OF MUSIC Courtesy of Playhouse Square
July 19, 2017

The hills are alive, once again, with the 'Sound of Music' courtesy of Playhouse Square, Cleveland, OH

BWW Review: GROUNDWORKS DANCE THEATER delights again in Cain Park concertBWW Review: GROUNDWORKS DANCE THEATER delights again in Cain Park concert
July 19, 2017

As such television programs as 'So You Think You Can Dance' and 'World of Dance' convince more and more people to appreciate dance as an art form, they also create a higher barrier for local companies to leap. With such superb choreographers as Tony winning Mia Michaels, Travis Wall, Sonya Tayeh and Tyce Diorio creating visual marvels, and national and world-wide dancers modeling what is 'good' in dance, expectations for local companies rise.

BWW Review: Overly Long, Thought-Provoking NEIGHBORS at Convergence ContinuumBWW Review: Overly Long, Thought-Provoking NEIGHBORS at Convergence Continuum
July 16, 2017

'Neighbors,' penned by Jacobs-Jenkins, is now on stage at convergence-continuum.

BWW Review: Idina Menzel in Concert at Jacobs PavilionBWW Review: Idina Menzel in Concert at Jacobs Pavilion
July 16, 2017

Menzel's openness to the audience, her kid-inclusiveness, courtesy to her joint performers and fine singing voice, made for a fine evening of entertainment. Applause, applause!

BWW Review:  Seldom-staged “City of Angels” now at Beck Center for the Arts
July 11, 2017

'City of Angels,' a version of which is now on stage at Beck Center, opened on Broadway in December of 1989 and ran through January, 1992, in a healthy run of almost 900 performances. Lakewood's Dee Hoty, a three-time Tony nominee, played a leading role in the Great White Way run.

BWW Review: Jivin' AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' is All Singing and Dancing at PorthouseBWW Review: Jivin' AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' is All Singing and Dancing at Porthouse
July 8, 2017

"Ain't Misbehavin'" is a musical-review which will be of interest to those who like 1920 and 30's Harlem Renaissance swing music. Be aware that the show, though nicely performed, has over 30 songs and no story line.

BWW Review: Roy Horowitz in MY FIRST SONY and THE TIMEKEEPERS at Cleveland Israel Arts Connection In Collaboration With DobamaBWW Review: Roy Horowitz in MY FIRST SONY and THE TIMEKEEPERS at Cleveland Israel Arts Connection In Collaboration With Dobama
June 29, 2017


BWW Review: Black comedy, “An Impending Rupture of The Belly,” insights at none-too-fragile
June 27, 2017

Matt Pelfrey is noted for inventing oddball concepts and writing sardonic dialogue. His 'An Impending Rupture of the Belly,' now on stage at none-too-fragile, is Pelfrey at his 'creative' black comedy best.



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