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: CPH's MARIE AND ROSETTA Points the Spotlight on Future-Inductee Into the Rock and Roll Hall of FameBWW Review: CPH's MARIE AND ROSETTA Points the Spotlight on Future-Inductee Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Posted: Jan. 27, 2018


BWW Review: Talent-Filled HAIR Rocks at BeckBWW Review: Talent-Filled HAIR Rocks at Beck
Posted: Feb. 12, 2018


BWW Review: MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG at Lakeland Civic TheatreBWW Review: MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG at Lakeland Civic Theatre
Posted: Feb. 4, 2018


BWW Review: MISERY at Great Lakes TheaterBWW Review: MISERY at Great Lakes Theater
Posted: Feb. 19, 2018


BWW Review: RIVERDANCE 20 Delights With its Blend of Dance, Music, and Telling of TalesBWW Review: RIVERDANCE 20 Delights With its Blend of Dance, Music, and Telling of Tales
Posted: Feb. 15, 2018


BWW Review: ?Celebrating Black History? by Verb Ballets a study of two choreographic stylesBWW Review: ?Celebrating Black History? by Verb Ballets a study of two choreographic styles
Posted: Feb. 7, 2018


BWW Review:  BOY - Truth is Stranger Than Fiction at None Too FragileBWW Review: BOY - Truth is Stranger Than Fiction at None Too Fragile
Posted: Feb. 13, 2018


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BWW Review: Finely Performed ?Simply Simone? Jazzes Up KaramuBWW Review: Finely Performed ?Simply Simone? Jazzes Up Karamu
Posted: Sep. 18, 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: EQUUS at Blank CanvasBWW Review: EQUUS at Blank Canvas
Posted: Aug. 13, 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: Touring Company of WAITRESS Serves Up Sumptuous Treat in Premiere at Connor PalaceBWW Review: Touring Company of WAITRESS Serves Up Sumptuous Treat
Posted: Oct. 21, 2017


BWW Review: MISERY at Great Lakes TheaterBWW Review: MISERY at Great Lakes Theater
February 19, 2018

When Great Lakes Theater Festival announced in June, 2009, that it's Associate Artistic Director, Andrew May, was no longer going to be part of the company, many CLE theatre-goers were shocked.

BWW Review: SASSY MAMAS - Laughs, Laughs and More Laughs at KaramuBWW Review: SASSY MAMAS - Laughs, Laughs and More Laughs at Karamu
February 17, 2018

Sometimes theater is high drama. At other times it's for learning about history or philosophy. 'Sassy Mamas,' now on stage at Karamu, is on stage for one purpose only...to create outlandish laughter.

BWW Review: RIVERDANCE 20 Delights With its Blend of Dance, Music, and Telling of TalesBWW Review: RIVERDANCE 20 Delights With its Blend of Dance, Music, and Telling of Tales
February 15, 2018

Mention the name 'Riverdance' and the general thought of many is Michael Flatley. Yes, Flatley, the Irish dance champion and the theatrical show consisting of mainly Irish music and dance, are synonymous.

BWW Review: JELLY BELLY--A Fascinating Investigation of a World That Many Don't Know at EnsembleBWW Review: JELLY BELLY--A Fascinating Investigation of a World That Many Don't Know at Ensemble
February 13, 2018

The South Side of Chicago is noted for its gritty streets, drug dealers, drive by shootings and pressure for Black men and boys to not only protect their turf, but be 'prideful' and not allow themselves to be slave to the ways of the 'massa' (the white bosses).

BWW Review:  BOY - Truth is Stranger Than Fiction at None Too FragileBWW Review: BOY - Truth is Stranger Than Fiction at None Too Fragile
February 13, 2018

Truth can often be stranger and more compelling than fiction. Such is the case of David (Bruce) Reimer and his identical twin brother, Brian, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

BWW Review: Talent-Filled HAIR Rocks at BeckBWW Review: Talent-Filled HAIR Rocks at Beck
February 12, 2018

In December, 1968, about 50 Lorain County Community College students flew to New York. Some in the clean-scrubbed conservative group, coming from a campus void of political turmoil, had never traveled as far-a-field as downtown Cleveland.

BWW Review: Charming “Love Letters” at Theatre in the Circle
February 11, 2018

What happens when you present a charming script and add two of Cleveland's most beloved actors? You get five sold out houses and calls with attempted bribes to get in the door.

BWW Review: “Celebrating Black History” by Verb Ballets a study of two choreographic styles
February 7, 2018

Verb Ballets chose to highlight two young Black choreographers for its 'Celebrating Black History' recent program at the Breen Center before a near sold-out performance.

BWW Review: MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG at Lakeland Civic TheatreBWW Review: MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG at Lakeland Civic Theatre
February 4, 2018

Capsule judgment: It may have been a flop on Broadway, but ""Merrily We Roll Along" is a hit at Lakeland Civic Theatre. It's definitely a must see!!!

BWW Review: Fascinating “How to End Poverty” @ Cleveland Public Theatre
January 31, 2018


BWW Review: CPH's MARIE AND ROSETTA Points the Spotlight on Future-Inductee Into the Rock and Roll Hall of FameBWW Review: CPH's MARIE AND ROSETTA Points the Spotlight on Future-Inductee Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
January 27, 2018

???????When Sister Rosetta Tharpe's name appeared on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ballot, there were many who thought, Sister who? Little did those not familiar with the history of the genre, know that 'she was wailing on the guitar before Chuck Berry, shouting call and response before Little Richard, and swaying rhythmically to the music long before Elvis shook his hips.' In fact, Elvis may have learned his slim hip swiveling from the Sister Rosetta's pelvis thrusts.

BWW Review: Compelling GROUNDED at DobamaBWW Review: Compelling GROUNDED at Dobama
January 20, 2018

Grounded is the kind of script and staging on which Dobama fulfills its goal of presenting the best contemporary plays in a professional production of the high quality.

BWW Review: Pulitzer Prize Winning Angels in America, Part 1  is Compelling at EnsembleBWW Review: Pulitzer Prize Winning Angels in America, Part 1 is Compelling at Ensemble
January 11, 2018

Lucky you. It is unnecessary to go to New York to see a production of this epic. It is now running at Ensemble Theatre as part of their 'We The People' 2017-2018 season. The first segment, subtitled 'Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches,' is running until January 28. In April, 'Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika,' will be staged at the theatre.

BWW Review: Entertaining Champions of Magic at Connor PalaceBWW Review: Entertaining Champions of Magic at Connor Palace
December 30, 2017

Say the words 'magician' or 'illusionist' and the names usually conjured are David Copperfield, Harry Houdini, Uri Geller, Doug Henning, David Blaine, and The Amazing Johnathan. These are entertainers noted for tricks and actions shrouded in secrecy and mystery.

BWW Review: BWW-CLE PROFESSIONAL THEATER TRIBUTES--2017 at Greater Cleveland TheatreBWW Review: BWW-CLE PROFESSIONAL THEATER TRIBUTES--2017 at Greater Cleveland Theatre
December 24, 2017

Greater Cleveland is blessed with a vital theater scene. It the purpose of BROADWAY WORLD.COM-CLEVELAND PROFESSIONAL THEATER TRIBUTES (BWW-CLE Theater Tributes), to recognize theatrical experiences that, in the subjective view of this reviewer, were excellent and deserve recognition.

BWW Review: The LOUSH SISTERS Are Boozing and Sexing It Up Again at Cleveland Public TheatreBWW Review: The LOUSH SISTERS Are Boozing and Sexing It Up Again at Cleveland Public Theatre
December 14, 2017

Yes, Holly (Beth Wood) and Jolly (Liz Conway) are back again. This time in Cleveland Public Theatre's world premiere of' The Loush Sisters Get Hard for the Holidays.'

BWW Review: THE CHASTE GENIUS AND HIS DEATHRAY GUN,  an interesting history lesson unfolds at convergence continuumBWW Review: THE CHASTE GENIUS AND HIS DEATHRAY GUN, an interesting history lesson unfolds at convergence continuum
December 9, 2017

'The Chaste Genius and His DeathRay Gun,' now on stage at congruence continuum, tells the tale of an obsessive, germ phobic genius who lived most of his life trying to get financial backing from the likes of JP Morgan, to develop his ideas.

BWW Review: On Your Feet! Leaves Audience On Their Feet And Dancing at Connor PalaceBWW Review: On Your Feet! Leaves Audience On Their Feet And Dancing at Connor Palace
December 8, 2017

Last year, within a short time after getting off the plane in Havana, it became apparent that the Cuban people adore art, music, bright colors, personal style and family unity. And, after long periods of dictatorships, revolution, communism, deprivation of food and other necessities of life, they have also developed survivor and 'can do' attitudes.

BWW Review: URINETOWN, Bad Title, Fun Show, Flushed With Success @ Blank Canvas
 
December 6, 2017

'Urinetown: The Musical' opened on Broadway in 2001, but its path from lyricist Greg Kotis traveling Europe, encountering a pay toilet, getting an idea for a story, joining with Mark Hollman, writing the lyrics together, Hollman writing the music, previewing the show at the New York's Fringe Festival, and getting it on Broadway, was filled with pitfalls. Mainly, producers were turned off by the title.

BWW Review: “THE LITTLE MERMAID” Goes Under The Sea Again at the Beck Center
December 4, 2017

Yes, Beck Center has decided to recycle 'The Little Mermaid,' last year's holiday production so that more children of all ages can follow Ariel, the daughter of King Triton, the master of the sea, in her search for 'a world in which I feel truly realized on my own terms.'



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