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 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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First Show:

Wonderful Town

Favorite Show:

Chorus Line, Fiddler on The Roof, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, West Side Story, Something Rotten, Pippin



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Review: FUNNY GIRL at Cleveland's Connor Palace
Review: FUNNY GIRL at Cleveland's Connor Palace
February 22, 2024

 Fania Borch was one of early 20th century vaudeville’s greatest stars.  Fania??  Oh, Fanny Brice, as she was known on the Ziegfeld Follies circuit, and is the nominal subject of FUNNY GIRL, now on stage at the Connor Palace as part of the Key Bank Broadway Series. 

Review: ALTER at Cleveland Public Theatre & Teatro Publico De Cleveland
Review: ALTER at Cleveland Public Theatre & Teatro Publico De Cleveland
February 20, 2024

What did our critic think of ALTER at CLEVELAND PUBLIC THEATRE& Teatro PUBLICO De Cleveland? Developing an original new play script is a daunting task.  The writer must have an idea, topic, or belief that they want to present in dramatic form. 

Review: MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN at Ensemble
Review: MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN at Ensemble
February 17, 2024

What did our critic think of MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN at Ensemble?

Review: RIDE THE CYCLONE THE MUSICAL at Beck Center For The Arts
Review: RIDE THE CYCLONE THE MUSICAL at Beck Center For The Arts
February 13, 2024

What did our critic think of RIDE THE CYCLONE THE MUSICAL at Beck Center For The Arts?

Review: AGATHA CHRISTIE'S MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS at Great Lakes Theater
Review: AGATHA CHRISTIE'S MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS at Great Lakes Theater
February 12, 2024

Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie was an English writer known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, particularly those revolving around fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. 

Review: THE BREAKFAST AT THE BOOKSTORE at KARAMU
Review: THE BREAKFAST AT THE BOOKSTORE at KARAMU
February 2, 2024

Lisa Langford, the author of THE BREAKFAST AT THE BOOKSTORE, which is getting its world premiere at Karamu, the nation’s oldest African American theater, is a Cleveland based actress and playwright.  

Review: AT THE WAKE OF A DEAD DRAG QUEEN at Dobama
Review: AT THE WAKE OF A DEAD DRAG QUEEN at Dobama
January 29, 2024

What did our critic think of AT THE WAKE OF A DEAD DRAG QUEEN at Dobama? Dobama bills itself as the area’s Off-Broadway theatre.  It is “dedicated to premiering important new plays by established and emerging playwrights in professional productions of the highest quality.

Review: MRS. DOUBTFIRE (TOURING COMPANY) at Key Bank Broadway Series (Connor Palace)
Review: MRS. DOUBTFIRE (TOURING COMPANY) at Key Bank Broadway Series (Connor Palace)
January 11, 2024

Every once in a while a theater-goer sees a production in which it becomes apparent that the lead actor was born to play a role.  Julie Andrews as Eliza in MY FAIR LADY, Zero Mostel in FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM and Marlon Brando in STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, come to mind.  

BroadwayWorld Celveland's Roy Berko Shares His 2023 Critic's Picks
BroadwayWorld Celveland's Roy Berko Shares His 2023 Critic's Picks
January 12, 2024

Broadwayworld Cleveland's Roy Berko recognizes each year local theaters, performances, writers, performers and technicians of plays staged by area professional theaters during the January 1-December 31 year. 

Review: JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at Beck Center
Review: JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at Beck Center
December 12, 2023

What did our critic think of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at Beck Center?

Review: A LIGHT IN THE NIGHT: A HANUKKAH PLAY at Tailspinner
Review: A LIGHT IN THE NIGHT: A HANUKKAH PLAY at Tailspinner
December 10, 2023

What did our critic think of A LIGHT IN THE NIGHT: A HANUKKAH PLAY at Tailspinner?

Review: HAIRSPRAY at Connor Palace
Review: HAIRSPRAY at Connor Palace
December 6, 2023

What did our critic think of HAIRSPRAY at Connor Palace? The farcical, yet message-loaded HAIRSPRAY, is the type of musical that in a bad production falls flat, but in a good production the audience gets all-kinds of involved.

Review: BLACK NATIVITY at Karma In Partnership With Cleveland Play House
Review: BLACK NATIVITY at Karma In Partnership With Cleveland Play House
December 4, 2023

What did our critic think of BLACK NATIVITY at Karma In Partnership With Cleveland Play House? Langston Hughes, the author of BLACK NATIVITY, now on stage at the Allen Theatre, in a joint production between Karamu, the country’s oldest black producing theater and the Cleveland Play House, the nation’s first resident company, was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist.

Review: LITTLE WOMEN at Dobama
Review: LITTLE WOMEN at Dobama
December 4, 2023

What did our critic think of LITTLE WOMEN at Dobama?

Review: PIPPIN at BW Musical Theatre Program
Review: PIPPIN at BW Musical Theatre Program
November 21, 2023

What did our critic think of PIPPIN at BW Musical Theatre Program? In the Fall of 1971, while chaperoning a group of college students to New York, I saw PIPPIN, the Stephen Schwartz (music and lyrics), Roger Hirson (book), Bob Fosse (director/choreographer) musical.  I had an instant love affair with the show!

Review: TROUBLE IN MIND at Seat Of Pants Productions
Review: TROUBLE IN MIND at Seat Of Pants Productions
November 7, 2023

What did our critic think of TROUBLE IN MIND at Seat Of Pants Productions? The late-Alice Childress, the author of TROUBLE IN MIND, now being staged by Seat of the Pants Productions, was an American novelist, playwright, and actress, who was acknowledged as the only African-American woman to have written, produced, and published plays for four decades.

Review: GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY at Connor Palace
Review: GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY at Connor Palace
November 6, 2023

What did our critic think of GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY at Connor Palace? David Greene, the Senior Vice President of Programming at Playhouse Square, informs theater-goers in his program notes for GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY that “it is a non-traditional musical which features songs by music legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bob Dylan.” 

Review: Mary Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN at Cleveland Play House
Review: Mary Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN at Cleveland Play House
November 1, 2023

What did our critic think of MARY SHELLEY'S FRANKENSTEIN at Cleveland Play House?

Review: THE ISLAND at Ensemble
Review: THE ISLAND at Ensemble
October 30, 2023

What did our critic think of THE ISLAND at Ensemble? Native South Euclid resident and Brush High School grad, Dr. Alan Wieder, is on a quest “to stem the tide of forgetfulness.”  The oral historian, who has been on the faculties of both South Africa’s University of Western Cape and Stellenbosch University, is concerned that “few young South Africans know of the contributions or the sensibilities regarding the social justice and the revolution against class disparity and racism in the world.” 

Review: DRACULA: THE BLOODY TRUTH at Great Lakes Theater
Review: DRACULA: THE BLOODY TRUTH at Great Lakes Theater
October 23, 2023

What did our critic think of DRACULA: THE BLOODY TRUTH at Great Lakes Theater? The cast worked hard, the stagehands did their part with great enthusiasm, but all in all DRACULA: THE BLOODY TRUTH just didn’t live up to expectations. 



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