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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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Review: THE WILD PARTY at BWU Musical Theatre Program
November 11, 2022

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Review: THE GREAT LEAP at Cleveland Play House
November 6, 2022

What did our critic think of THE GREAT LEAP at Cleveland Play House?

Review: DESCRIBE THE NIGHT at Ensemble
November 4, 2022

What did our critic think of DESCRIBE THE NIGHT at Ensemble?

Review: BREAKOUT SESSION at Cleveland Public Theater
October 31, 2022

What did our critic think of BREAKOUT SESSION at Cleveland Public Theater? Nikkole Slater, BREAKOUT SESSION (OR FROGORSE), was commissioned in 2020 by CPT, with funding from the National New Play Network (NNPN). It was the intention of funding to have the author write a play that cast a spotlight on racism, bias and violence. Her goal was to ask, 'Can a society legislate a change of heart?' It was 'inspired by Cleveland's Consent Decree with the U.S. Department of Justice, which required the Police Department to go through anti-bias training.'

Review: INSURRECTION: HOLDING HISTORY at Convergence-continuum
October 25, 2022

What did our critic think of INSURRECTION: HOLDING HISTORY at Convergence-continuum? Is it true that in order to understand your present, you must understand your past? If you understand the past, and could insert yourself into the events happening, could you change your present? Could you actually change the course of history?

Review: LES MISERABLES National Tour at Key Bank State
October 17, 2022

What did our critic think of LES MISERABLES (2022 TOUR) at Key Bank State? This is a musical with the word 'miserable' in the title, has physical beatings and numerous onstage deaths, and lacks a typical happy ending. Is this the stuff musicals are made of? Not usually. But, there is no reason that serious subjects cannot be treated in the musical form. Les Miz proves that contention, as does 'Next to Normal' and 'Dear Evan Hanson,' and proves it well.

Review: THE THIN PLACE at Dobama
October 9, 2022

What did our critic think of THE THIN PLACE at Dobama?

Review: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIIME at Beck Center For The Arts
October 3, 2022

What did our critic think of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIIME at Beck Center For The Arts? THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, which is now on stage in the Senney Theater in the Beck Center complex, is a play by Simon Stephens which is based on British writer Mark Haddon's book of the same name, which, in turn was based on the 1892 short story 'The Adventure of Silver Blaze.'

Review: AMERICAN MARIACHI at Cleveland Play House
September 25, 2022

What did our critic think of AMERICAN MARIACHI at Cleveland Play House?

Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Great Lakes Theater
September 19, 2022

What did LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is the kind of show that many love to hate while others love it.  The topics of abuse and drug use, which are not in the wheelhouse of musicals, sometimes turn people off, as does the phy-sci-centered plot.  The GLT production is as good as you are going to get.  It solidly hits all the comic and horror notes.  It’s a must see for the script’s fans! our critic think of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Great Lakes Theater?

Review: BUYER & CELLAR at Beck Center For The Arts
September 12, 2022

What did our critic think of BUYER & CELLAR at Beck Center For The Arts? Barbra Streisand's career started in the gay nightclub, The Lion, located in New York's Greenwich Village. Her films and music have amassed huge support, especially from the gay community. She, and her works, are larger than life, leading to her being selected by 'Out Magazine' as one of the '12 Greatest Female Gay Icons of All Time.'

Review: FROZEN at Key Bank State
August 14, 2022

What did our critic think of FROZEN at Key Bank State?

Review: WEST SIDE STORY at Porthouse/Kent State University
August 12, 2022

What did our critic think of WEST SIDE STORY at Porthouse/Kent State University? In the fall of 1957, I had a mind-blowing experience. I saw the newly opened Broadway production of WEST SIDE STORY. At the time, all I knew about the show was that it was based on ROMEO AND JULIET and it had opened to positive reviews two days before.

Review: OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD at The Seat Of The Pants Productions
August 8, 2022

What did our critic think of OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD at The Seat Of The Pants Productions? The Seat of the Pants Productions' mission states that 'Our hope is to create theater that challenges minds, moves hearts, and mobilizes hands and feet - in both performers and patrons.'

Review: SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM at Cain Park--Alma Theatre
August 7, 2022

What did our critic think of SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM at Cain Park--Alma Theatre?

Review: FOR GOOD: THE NEW GENERATION OF MUSICALS at The Musical Theatre Project
August 5, 2022

What did our critic think of For Good: The New Generation of Musicals at The Musical Theatre Project?

Review: ANGRY FAGS at Convergence-continuum
July 17, 2022

What did our critic think of ANGRY FAGS at Convergence-continuum? A catalog description of ANGRY FAGS, the Topher Payne play, now on stage at convergence- continuum, cautions that the script contains 'alcohol, gunshots, intense adult themes, strong language, nudity/partial nudity and smoking.' What it doesn't alert you to is the unexpected and shocking ending!

Review: AIN'T TOO PROUD at Key Bank Palace
July 15, 2022

What did our critic think of AIN'T TOO PROUD at Key Bank Palace? AIN'T TOO PROUD: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS, which is now on stage at the State Theatre as part of the Key Bank Broadway Series, is a 2018 jukebox musical with music and lyrics by The Temptations and book by Dominique Morisseau.

Review: GODSPELL at Porthouse (Kent State University)
July 18, 2022

What did our critic think of GODSPELL at Porthouse (Kent State University)? GODSPELL, which is now on stage at Porthouse Theatre, is based on 'The Gospel According to St. Matthew.' The musical tells the story of the last seven days of Christ's life. The parables have been contemporized, and Christ's followers are free spirits who sing the likes of 'Day by Day', 'All Good Gifts', and 'Turn Back, O Man.'

Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN at Beck Center For The Arts
July 10, 2022

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