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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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BWW Review: THE LION KING at Key Bank State Theatre/Playouse Square PhotoBWW Review: THE LION KING at Key Bank State Theatre/Playouse Square
Posted: Oct. 7, 2021


BWW Review: MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM at Karamu PhotoBWW Review: MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM at Karamu
Posted: Oct. 10, 2021


BWW Review: THE TEMPEST at Great Lakes Theater PhotoBWW Review: THE TEMPEST at Great Lakes Theater
Posted: Oct. 17, 2021


BWW Review: THE EXONERATED at Beck Center For The Arts PhotoBWW Review: THE EXONERATED at Beck Center For The Arts
Posted: Oct. 9, 2021


BWW Review: NEW BEGINNINGS (CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA) at Jack, Joseph And Morton Mandel Co PhotoBWW Review: NEW BEGINNINGS at Jack, Joseph And Morton Mandel Concert Hall
Posted: Oct. 16, 2021


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Review: SPRING AWAKENING at Baldwin Wallace Musical Theater Program PhotoBWW Review: SPRING AWAKENING at Baldwin Wallace Musical Theater Program
Posted: Nov. 22, 2020


BWW Review: THE CHOIR OF MAN at Mimi Ohio PhotoBWW Review: THE CHOIR OF MAN at Mimi Ohio
Posted: Jun. 18, 2021


BWW Review: CLEVELAND THEATRE IN THE PANDEMIC PhotoBWW Review: CLEVELAND THEATRE IN THE PANDEMIC
Posted: Dec. 15, 2020


BWW Review: BROADWAY BOUND at Beck Center For The Arts PhotoBWW Review: BROADWAY BOUND at Beck Center For The Arts
Posted: Sep. 12, 2021


BWW Review: FULLY COMMITTED at Beck Center (Virtual) PhotoBWW Review: FULLY COMMITTED at Beck Center (Virtual)
Posted: Nov. 14, 2020


BWW Review: ROY BERKO:  HERE AND THERE IN CLEVELAND ENTERTAINMENT at Cleveland Area PhotoBWW Review: ROY BERKO: HERE AND THERE IN CLEVELAND ENTERTAINMENT at Cleveland Area
Posted: Feb. 24, 2021


BWW Review: GOING SOLO at Verb Ballets PhotoBWW Review: GOING SOLO at Verb Ballets
Posted: Feb. 28, 2021


BWW Review: THE TEMPEST at Great Lakes Theater
October 17, 2021

THE TEMPEST, now on stage at Great Lakes Theatre, is thought to be Shakespeare's last known play. The script almost defies classification as it contains both tragic and comic themes, as well as romance. It explores many themes, including magic, betrayal, revenge, and family.

BWW Review: NEW BEGINNINGS (CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA) at Jack, Joseph And Morton Mandel Concert Hall
October 16, 2021

The return to a live performance program, 'New Beginnings,' staged on October 14 and 17, just reinforced the orchestra's masterful sound and ability to captivate an audience.

BWW Review: MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM at Karamu
October 10, 2021

Written in 1982, the play is set in a recording studio in Chicago in 1920. It deals with issues of race, the attitudes of Blacks regarding Whites, religion, and the historic exploitation of Black recording artists by white producers.

BWW Review: THE EXONERATED at Beck Center For The Arts
October 9, 2021

The death penalty carries the inherent risk of executing an innocent person.

BWW Review: THE LION KING at Key Bank State Theatre/Playouse Square
October 7, 2021

THE LION KING, whose North American touring company, which recently opened in CLE's Playhouse Square's Key Bank State Theatre, has an enviable record. It is the third longest running show in Broadway history, clocking a little over 9,300 curtain raisers. Only THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (12,370) and the revival of CHICAGO (9,692) have had longer Great White way runs.

BWW Review: BROADWAY BOUND at Beck Center For The Arts
September 12, 2021

A native New Yorker, Neil Simon is recognized as Broadway's King of Comedy. Following his very successful 1961 production of COME BLOW YOUR HORN, Simon's name on a script basically meant instant box office sell-outs during the era from 1960-1980, the Great White Way's era of comic plays.

BWW Review: OLIVER PARKER! at Convergence-continuum
August 24, 2021

Clyde Simon, the artistic director and one-man-band who founded convergence-continuum, CLE's Tremont-housed theatre, has an affinity for choosing challenging shows. Scripts that no other local performance venue will stage.

BWW Review: ALTAR BOYZ at Porthouse/Kent State University
August 1, 2021

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BWW Review: GROUNDWORKS DANCE SUMMER 2021 at GroundWorks
July 31, 2021

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BWW Review: THIS GIRL LAUGHS, THIS GIRL CRIES, THIS GIRL DOES NOTHING at BECK CENTER FOR THE ARTS
July 29, 2021

Finegan Kruckemeyer, the author of THIS GIRL LAUGHS, THIS GIRL CRIES, THIS GIRL DOES NOTHING, now on stage at Beck Center for the Arts, was born in Ireland and has lived much of his life in Tasmania, an island state of Australia.

BWW Review: THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK at Blossom Center
July 22, 2021

As I was walking into the pavilion at Blossom Music Center, the woman in front of me kept stopping to take pictures on her I-phone. She stopped, turned around smiled and said, 'Sorry, I'm from New Orleans. My husband and I are on a trip to see various outdoor music venues. This is the most beautiful one we've seen.'

BWW Review: AMELIE at Mercury Theatre
July 21, 2021

Amélie, which is now on stage at Mercury Theatre, is a musical is based on the romantic comedy film of the same name.

BWW Tribute: THE PASSING OF DOROTHY SILVER, GRANDE DAME OF CLEVELAND THEATRE
July 20, 2021

Dorothy Silver, the 'grande dame' of Cleveland theatre, noted for her talent, charm, grace and compassion, once said of herself, 'I've been letting myself grow old for years. I'm very confident in my age. Also, it helps me be competitive in getting many stage and film roles, since so many older actresses try to take years off their age.'

BWW Preview: NEWS ABOUT CPH, BORDERLINE FESTIVAL, BECK CENTER, CONVERGENCE CONTINUUM, WICKED @ PhSQ., BW THEATRE PROGRAM
July 21, 2021

The 2021 BorderLight International Theatre + Fringe Festival announces the lineup for the 2021 BorderLight VIRTUAL Fringe Festival, which includes 33 distinct live streamed and on-demand virtual works, interactive and genre-bending online experiences, as well as self-guided audio adventures.

BWW Review: BROOKLYN, THE MUSICAL at Porthouse/Kent State
July 14, 2021

BROOKLYN, THE MUSICAL, now being staged at Porthouse Theatre, on the grounds of Blossom Center, premiered on Broadway in October, 2004 and ran for 284 performances. Though the run wasn't long, and many of the reviews found the script 'trite and non-realistic,' it did accumulate a solid cult following.

BWW Review: DIRECTOR'S CHOICE: VERB BALLET at Breen Center For The Arts
June 29, 2021

Friday, June 26, after a Covid-induced period of Zoom-only dance recitals, Cleveland's 'classical ballet with a dash of American modern dance' company, joined the world of the living with a performance of three pleasing pieces, at the Breen Center.

BWW Review: QUILTERS proves to be a pleasant way to bring back live theater to Porthouse
June 19, 2021

The weather forecast was for storms, possibly a tornado. The actress scheduled to play the lead role wasn't going to perform. Cars stood at odd angels blocking spaces in the parking lot. But, in reality, none of this mattered. Opening night for Quilters, the first show after a year of theatrical darkness, went off like a charm.

BWW Review: THE CHOIR OF MAN at Mimi Ohio
June 18, 2021

Walking into the Mimi Ohio theatre for The Choir of Men was almost a surreal experience. After receiving my tickets, based on the self-imposed over year-long Covid lockup, my mind was bouncing. Do I wear a mask? How close will others be in the auditorium? Do I greet people by shaking hands, hugging, or by keeping social distance?

BWW Preview: CLEVELAND THEATRE AND DANCE IN THE PANDEMIC at PORTHOUSE, CAIN PARK, OHIOSHAKES, VERB BALLET
June 4, 2021

Find out what's happening at theaters all across Cleveland!

BWW Review: Broadway's John Cullum Delights in Streamed AN ACCIDENTAL STAR
April 11, 2021

This and other personal tales are the core of John Cullum: An Accidental Star. Stories about the golden days of the American musical and his friendships with the likes of Richard Burton, Robert Goulet, and Julie Andrews, told in his home-style manner, is interspersed with songs from shows in which he appeared.



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