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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 and The Cleveland Critics Circle, he has been an entertainment reviewer for more than fifty years. For three 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 was 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 38 books. He was selected by Cleveland Magazine as one of the most interesting people in Cleveland.




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BWW Review: “CLUE” is a farcical delight at Cleveland Play House PhotoBWW Review: “CLUE” is a farcical delight at Cleveland Play House
Posted: Feb. 3, 2020


BWW Review: ANASTASIA at Connor Palace/Cleveland PhotoBWW Review: ANASTASIA at Connor Palace/Cleveland
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BWW Review: “JERSEY BOYS” --“Oh, What a Night,” once again, at the Connor Palace PhotoBWW Review: “JERSEY BOYS” --“Oh, What a Night,” once again, at the Connor Palace
Posted: Jan. 22, 2020


BWW Review: BERKO: CLEVELAND ENTERTAINMENT IN THE PANDEMIC at Cleveland Area Venues
October 24, 2020


BWW Review: ROY BERKO HERE AND THERE: DOBAMA, THE MUSICAL THEATRE PROJECT, MILLENIUM THEATRE PROJECT, GREAT LAKES THEATER, CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA ALL SET TO PERFORM
September 25, 2020

Nathan Motta, the Artistic Director of Cleveland's Dobama Theater states, 'Needless to say, the 20/21 season is going to look different. However, while the Dobama stage will be dark, there are many opportunities for extraordinary engagement. First, we will be collaborating with Resident Filmmaker Brian Devers and Endeavors Productions to create high-quality, filmed theatre performances that will reach a broad online audience. Second, we are leaning in to our mission of producing important new scripts through the commission and development of three world premiere plays. Finally, Dobama staff and artists will use this time of suspended in-person productions for expanded engagement with members, supporters, and the larger community through masterclasses, Q&As, happy hours, and more.'

BWW review and previews: BLANK CANVAS'S LIVE THEATRE, CPH PLANS FOR 20-21, DR. FAUCI'S THEATRE MESSAGE and more….
October 5, 2020


Berko: THE ARTS--HERE AND THERE—U OF AKRON RIFFS THEATRE STAFF, APPOLLO'S FIRE PERFORMS, RADIO OF LAKE
August 4, 2020

According to Cleveland Critics Circle and Akron AKRON [Ohio]BEACON JOURNALEntertainment writer, Kerry Clawson, 'At the end of last school year, the University of Akron theater program had two full-time faculty members and three staff members. Now it has none.'

BWW Previews: BERKO: CLEVELAND-CENTRIC ENTERTAINMENT IN THE PANDEMIC—PHSQUARE, SHAW FESTIVAL, CPT, GLTF AND MORE…
July 23, 2020

Cleveland's Play House Square has announced a buy it now and if something comes up, free ticket exchanges policy for the 2020-2021 season. The shows planned are:

BWW Review: HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE—CVLT STREAMS VISITING MR. GREEN, EXAMINE PSYCHOLOGY, MUSICAL STYLE AND CREATIVITY OF HAMILTON, PROJECT SING OUT!, and more
August 4, 2020

On Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26, CVLT will be streaming the archival video of Visiting Mr. Green for a pay-as-you-can admission. For details and advance reservation, visit https://cvlt.org/events/visiting-mr-green

BWW Preview: HERE, THERE AND EVERWHERE: HAMILTON, CELTIC TIGER, BERNEDETTE PETERS IN CONCERT, and More!
July 1, 2020

The YouTube channel The Shows Must Go On! continues July 3 with the Celtic Tiger, starring famed Irish dancer-choreographer Michael Flatley.

BWW Review: News about 1776, CPH/DOBAMA ARTISTIC DIRECTORS, OHIO SHAKS, FALSETTOS, BOYS IN THE BAND & MASCULINITY MAX and JOSH GROBAN
June 24, 2020

Artistic Director Laura Kepley chats with Nathan Motta, Artistic Director of Dobama Theatre about music, artistic leadership, and the extraordinary theatre that is made in and for Cleveland.

BWW Previews: THEATER NEWS FROM HERE AND ELSEWHERE: BALDWIN WALLACE, OHIO SHAKESPEARE, KARAMU, CHAGRIN VALLEY LITTLE THEATRE, OTTERBEIN & KENT STATE AND MORE…
June 18, 2020


BWW Review: Solon High grad produced a virtual concert, CWRU recognized for stellar theatre department, pride plays to be performed, Bard at the Gate and The Madness of G
June 16, 2020


BWW Review: Relevant PLAYGROUND FESTIVAL OF NEW WORKS places spotlight on Black Americans
June 9, 2020

The PLAYGROUND FESTIVAL OF NEW WORKS is a leading showcase of new plays and new playwrights. This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival marks its 25th anniversary, by presenting its offerings on-line. The resulting fest is a 25-event covering 5-weeks, all live-streamed via Zoom, and largely free of charge.

BWW Preview: NEWS ABOUT KARAMU, CESEAR'S FORUM, LIZA MINELLI, TMPT, LGBTQIA+ COMMUNITY and more….
June 8, 2020

On Juneteenth, Friday, June 19, 2020, the commemoration of the ending of slavery in the U.S., Karamu House will debut Freedom on Juneteenth, a program to feature musicians and vocalists, spoken word artists, and dancers, as they too, respond to the recent murders of Black Americans through their respective art forms. The program, to air at 7PM EST/4 PM PST on local television stations, various streaming platforms, and social media, will also include live dialogue and conversation, with accessible resources in order to create change within our communities.

BWW Previews: INFO ABOUT--STATION HOPE, CLEVELAND OPERA THEATER, SETH CONCERT SERIES, THE 24-HOUR PLAYS, DISCOVER IRVING BERLIN, ATCA/BLACK LIVES MATTER
June 4, 2020

On Saturday, June 27, from 6:00-9:00 (ET). Cleveland Public Theatre's Staff will (safely and responsibly) broadcast Station Hope, a jubilant community event celebrating Cleveland's social justice history and exploring contemporary struggles for freedom and equity. It is free, family-friendly, and open to all. CPT will publish how to participate online in the weeks to come.

BWW Review: CLEVELANDER COREY COTT IN 'BANDSTAND,' CLE AREA NEWS AND OTHER ENTERTAINMENT INFO at Cleveland And National Venues
May 24, 2020


BWW Review: NEWS ABOUT BECK CENTER, TONY AWARDS, HOLIDAY INN, PLAYS BY AND ABOUT THE LGBTQIA+ COMMUNIT at Cleveland And National Venues
May 26, 2020

In celebration of Pride, Playbill and Pride Plays will present four live streamed readings of plays by and about the LGBTQIA+ community every Friday in June in support of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

BWW Review: CLEVELAND OPERA FOR ALL, GREASE SING-ALONG, CPH ON-LINE CLASSES, BROADWAY and more…
May 19, 2020

A sing-along version of the 1978 blockbuster Grease, based on the 1971 Broadway musical, will be broadcast on CBS next month as part of the network's Sunday Night Movies lineup. Grease Sing-A-Long will air June 7 at 8:30 PM ET.

BWW Review: SEE THE NANCE, ACT ONE, HAMILTON, ALLEGIANCE, AND PRIDE SPECTACULAR CONCERT, BUT NOT SHOWS at Cleveland And National Venues
May 16, 2020


BWW Review: CLEVELAND AREA ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS 5/13/2020 at Playhouse Square And Others
May 13, 2020

Late last year Dobama invited a dozen or so people to do a series of interviews meant to focus a spotlight on the theatre's 60th anniversary. As an original member of the Dobama community I was one of those honored to be asked to participate. Here is my interview:

BWW Review: CLEVELAND AREA ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS 5/10/2020 at Playhouse Square And Others
May 13, 2020

No one knows for sure, but according to Playhouse CEO and President Gina Gernaci, present plans call for FROZEN to open on August 15, 2020, three weeks later than originally planned. This will be followed on September 22 by HAMILTON.

BWW Review: Impressive WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID at Seat of Pants Productions
March 9, 2020

It is appropriate that on March 8, National Women's Day, which contends to end exploitation and increase equality for females, I saw Seat of the Pants production of Sarah Treem's 'WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID.'



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