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: O'Neill's THE HAIRY APE opens Ensemble's 28th seasonBWW Review: O'Neill's THE HAIRY APE opens Ensemble's 28th season
Posted: Nov. 20, 2017


BWW Review:  Karamu and Ensemble Team Up for Dealing with THE LAKE EFFECTBWW Review: Karamu and Ensemble Team Up for Dealing with THE LAKE EFFECT
Posted: Nov. 6, 2017


BWW Review: ?Diary of Anne Frank? Conveys Important Message at the Cleveland Play HouseBWW Review: ?Diary of Anne Frank? Conveys Important Message at the Cleveland Play House
Posted: Nov. 7, 2017


BWW Review:  Touring Wonderful WICKED Wows Yet Again at StateBWW Review: Touring Wonderful WICKED Wows Yet Again at State
Posted: Nov. 13, 2017


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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: 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: EQUUS at Blank CanvasBWW Review: EQUUS at Blank Canvas
Posted: Aug. 13, 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: O'Neill's THE HAIRY APE opens Ensemble's 28th seasonBWW Review: O'Neill's THE HAIRY APE opens Ensemble's 28th season
November 20, 2017

Ensemble Theatre is opening its 28th season, entitled 'We the People,' with O'Neill's 'The Hairy Ape.' The script fits into the theatre's selection of plays that 'celebrates the diversity and dynamics of the population that makes up this 'great nation' while also speaking to the challenges we still face in 2017!'

BWW Review:  Touring Wonderful WICKED Wows Yet Again at StateBWW Review: Touring Wonderful WICKED Wows Yet Again at State
November 13, 2017

Okay, I'm a 'Wicked' junky. I've seen the show five times, including seeing it in its first week of the New York run.

BWW Review: “Diary of Anne Frank” Conveys Important Message at the Cleveland Play House
November 7, 2017

The Holocaust was a horrific series of experiences. As the years go by, and the survivors of the atrocities die off, leaving no one to attest to the actual pain and suffering, those who want to make sure that such experiences do not repeat themselves turn to tangible objects and written accounts.

BWW Review:  Karamu and Ensemble Team Up for Dealing with THE LAKE EFFECTBWW Review: Karamu and Ensemble Team Up for Dealing with THE LAKE EFFECT
November 6, 2017

Karamu, the joyful meeting place, is the oldest continually running Black theatre in America. Ensemble, whose purpose is to showcase classical American drama, has some of its history steeped in Karamu.

BWW Review:  Con-Con's “In the Closet,” a thoughtful journey into whether anyone can ever emerge from hiding
October 23, 2017

Have you ever wondered if your life would have played out differently if, at a young age, you had been able to meet 'yourself' a couple of years older, forty years older, and then you as a person near the end of your life? Would the knowledge of the path you would follow, what pitfalls you would encounter, what decisions you made, make your life different?

BWW Review: Touring Company of WAITRESS Serves Up Sumptuous Treat in Premiere at Connor PalaceBWW Review: Touring Company of WAITRESS Serves Up Sumptuous Treat in Premiere at Connor Palace
October 21, 2017

The quality of the music, the staging, the performances and the story line of Waitress assure that it will delight audiences as it traverses the country. It's a must see for anyone who loves musical theater at its creative best.

BWW Review: LES SYLPHIDES at Cleveland BalletBWW Review: LES SYLPHIDES at Cleveland Ballet
October 18, 2017

The 'new' Cleveland Ballet, under the artistic leadership of Puerto Rico-born Gladisa Guadalupe, a former member of the 'old' Cleveland Ballet, the Dennis Nahat-led company which left CLE for San Jose, California, has been officially named the Resident Ballet Company of Playhouse Square.

BWW Review: MARJORIE PRIME is Prime Offering at DobamaBWW Review: MARJORIE PRIME is Prime Offering at Dobama
October 15, 2017

Local theater-goers are familiar with the outstanding performance work of Dorothy Silver, often called 'the first lady of Cleveland theater.' Many are also aware of the creative writings of Jordan Harrison from his script development of the television hit, 'Orange is The New Black.' The two merge in Dobama Theater's masterful 'Marjorie Prime.'

BWW Review: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (MUSICAL) rings in at Great Lakes TheaterBWW Review: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (MUSICAL) rings in at Great Lakes Theater
October 13, 2017

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is not a typical Disney stage creation. It is a dark, brooding musical and probably not appropriate for children. While the first act is rather slow, the second act is strong. It is well worth seeing.

BWW Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Delights at Great Lakes TheaterBWW Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Delights at Great Lakes Theater
October 9, 2017

Those who are afraid of seeing Shakespeare because of the oft abstract language and confusing plot twists should fear not. This production is a total delight, with a nice mash-up of comedy and outlandish farce, mixed in with a little lover's stardust. It's definite must see!

BWW Review: Farcical, Slapstick THE ROCKY HORRO SHOW Fun at Blank CanvasBWW Review: Farcical, Slapstick THE ROCKY HORRO SHOW Fun at Blank Canvas
October 8, 2017

On June 20, 1973 I had one of my mind-blowing experiences in a theater.

BWW Review:  Compelling, Must see “Well” @ Ensemble
October 2, 2017

Well is one of those special scripts and performances that showcases the message of what theater is all about. It's a must see experience.

BWW Review:  Mesmerizing, emotion-laden “Last of the Boys” at none too fragile
September 19, 2017

War is hell and, as highlighted in Last of the Boys, its aftermath is often worse. Kudos to Sean Derry and his cast for creating a compelling evening of theater. This is must see theater for anyone interested in fine acting and a more real than life picture of the outcomes of combative and emotional wars on human beings.

BWW Review: Cleveland Play House opens 2017-2018 with entertaining “Shakespeare in Love”
September 18, 2017

Cleveland Play House opens 2017-2018 with entertaining Shakespeare in Love

BWW Review: Finely Performed “Simply Simone” Jazzes Up Karamu
September 18, 2017

Mention the name Nina Simone and your mind probably conjures up jazz. Yes, Nina, the jazz superstar and writer/performer of such powerhouse songs as 'My Baby Just Cares for Me,' 'To Be Young, Gifted and Black,' and 'Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood.' But, were you aware that the terms child prodigy, civil rights activist, political exile and the Legend Queen of Black Classical music also apply?

BWW Review: Irreverent BWW Review: Irreverent "Book of Mormon" Delights in Return Visit at State Theatre
September 14, 2017

One of the major concerns in attending a return visit by a Broadway touring show is that the production will be a lesser version. Those planning on attending 'Book of Mormon,' now on stage at the State Theatre, should have no fears. This reincarnation is equally good as any of the other versions that have trucked into town. In fact, it is probably better than some of the others.

BWW Previews:  “The Cunning Little Vixen” to Open The Cleveland Orchestra's 100th season
September 6, 2017

The Cleveland Orchestra is on the verge of reaching its centennial. In celebration of this momentous milestone, the innovative made-for-Cleveland stylized opera production of Leo Jana?ek's 'The Cunning Vixen' will grace the Severance Hall stage.

BWW Preview:  Apollo's Fire, Cleveland's award winning Baroque orchestra, opens new season with “Israel in Egypt”
September 5, 2017

Apollo's Fire, Cleveland's award winning Baroque orchestra, opens new season with "Israel in Egypt"

BWW Review: Opening night standing ovation for Dobama's “brownsville song (b-side for tray) well-deserved
September 4, 2017

Dobama, Cleveland's fine off-Broadway professional theatre, opens its 2017-2018 season with a mesmerizing production of Kimber Lee's "must see" script. Generally well-directed, often superlatively acted, this is drama at its finest! The opening night standing ovation was well-deserved.

BWW Review: RHINOCEROS Challenges the Audience to Place a Spotlight on the Absurdity of Life Today at Con-ConBWW Review: RHINOCEROS Challenges the Audience to Place a Spotlight on the Absurdity of Life Today at Con-Con
August 27, 2017

Eugene Ionesco, Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter and Edward Albee are Theatre of the Absurd playwrights. Unlike modern-movement writers like Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams and William Inge, who wrote realistic plays which included solutions to problems or resolved situations, the Absurdists based their plays on Existentialism, asking, 'Why do we exist?' but giving no answers. Their writings are full of questions to ponder and probe.



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