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 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: EQUUS at Blank CanvasBWW Review: EQUUS at Blank Canvas
Posted: Aug. 13, 2017


BWW Review: A Clevelander's View of the Shaw Festival - 2017BWW Review: A Clevelander's View of the Shaw Festival - 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: 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: REALLY REALLY, Thought Provoking, Inciting, Well-Conceived at Beck Center for the ArtsBWW Review: REALLY REALLY, Thought Provoking, Inciting, Well-Conceived at Beck Center for the Arts
Posted: Jun. 3, 2017


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.

BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS 'S Wonderful' at State TheatreBWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS 'S Wonderful' at State Theatre
June 22, 2017

My Broadway review of An American In Paris, A New Musical, stated that it was a visual, dance-driven Broadway story-telling creation that is gorgeous, enchanting, seamless and sophisticated. Though I won't go raise the banner as high for the touring production, I will say that it is a very, very pleasing and 'S Wonderful evening of theater.

BWW Review: Slight “9 to 5” pleases sold-out Porthouse audience
June 19, 2017

'9 to 5 The Musical' is based on the 1980 comedy film which starred Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton. After the success of the movie, which is credited with being the 20th highest grossing comedy film, Parton decided to add music and put the story on stage.

BWW Review: Mesmerizing HOW TO BE A RESPECTABLE JUNKIE in World Premiere at DobamaBWW Review: Mesmerizing HOW TO BE A RESPECTABLE JUNKIE in World Premiere at Dobama
June 18, 2017

Newspapers and television are filled with stories of drug overdoses, excessive prescriptions for opioids, and dependency on drugs due to PTSD, pain and depression. Obituaries note an increasing number of young people dying because of overdosing. Hands are wrung, mea culpas chanted, and social service centers pontificate, but the siege continues.

BWW Review: “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” less than it should be at Blank Canvas
June 13, 2017

Comedian Steve Martin has written a thought-provoking, clever script which gets a less than stellar production at Cleveland's Blank Canvas. It's not bad, just not what it could be.

BWW Review: ROCK OF AGES Rocks, Really Rocks, at Cain ParkBWW Review: ROCK OF AGES Rocks, Really Rocks, at Cain Park
June 11, 2017

If you are a fanatic for rock and roll, especially from the genre's golden age, you will absolutely love "Rock of Ages." "Oh Sherrie," "The Search is Over," as you'll think it's "Just like Paradise" and believe that you are in "Heaven," having "Nothin' But a Good Time," which is pretty darn good!

BWW Review: REALLY REALLY, Thought Provoking, Inciting, Well-Conceived at Beck Center for the ArtsBWW Review: REALLY REALLY, Thought Provoking, Inciting, Well-Conceived at Beck Center for the Arts
June 3, 2017

"Really Really" is "murder" mystery without a dead body, but still asks, "Who did it?" It's a must see for anyone interested in thoughtful and well-conceived theater.

BWW Review: MASSACRE (SING TO YOUR CHILDREN) at Convergence-ContinuumBWW Review: MASSACRE (SING TO YOUR CHILDREN) at Convergence-Continuum
May 27, 2017

"Massacre (Sing to Your Children)" is an abstract play whose meaning will depend on an individual's views of the world, and their willingness to search for the author's intent and purpose. This is a script and production for playgoers who like to probe for ideas with no need for clarity of ideas or outcomes.

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!



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