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: Humorous 'The Oldest Profession? at convergence continuumBWW Review: Humorous 'The Oldest Profession? at convergence continuum
Posted: Mar. 31, 2018


BWW Review:  Compelling ?The Scottish Play? (?Mac**th?) at Great Lakes TheaterBWW Review: Compelling ?The Scottish Play? (?Mac**th?) at Great Lakes Theater
Posted: Apr. 1, 2018


BWW Review: THE ADVENTURES OF THE BLACK GIRL IN HER SEARCH FOR GOD is Less Than it Could be at KaramuBWW Review: THE ADVENTURES OF THE BLACK GIRL IN HER SEARCH FOR GOD is Less Than it Could be at Karamu
Posted: Apr. 8, 2018


BWW Review: Tony Winning THE HUMANS Has Audience Unexpectedly Laughing at Connor PalaceBWW Review: Tony Winning THE HUMANS Has Audience Unexpectedly Laughing at Connor Palace
Posted: Apr. 12, 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: CPH's THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is F-U-N!BWW Review: CPH's THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is F-U-N!
April 21, 2018

???????How would you do if asked to spell: 'syzygy,' 'capybara,' 'cystitis,' 'pandemonium,' and 'qaymaqam?' How about 'crepuscule?'

BWW Review: Tony Winning THE HUMANS Has Audience Unexpectedly Laughing at Connor PalaceBWW Review: Tony Winning THE HUMANS Has Audience Unexpectedly Laughing at Connor Palace
April 12, 2018

Stephen Karam is one of the new breed of contemporary American playwrights. His 'The Humans,' the Tony Award-winning Best Play of 2016, and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, is now on stage at the Connor Palace.

BWW Review: THE ADVENTURES OF THE BLACK GIRL IN HER SEARCH FOR GOD is Less Than it Could be at KaramuBWW Review: THE ADVENTURES OF THE BLACK GIRL IN HER SEARCH FOR GOD is Less Than it Could be at Karamu
April 8, 2018

George Bernard Shaw's views on religion may be summarized by his statement, 'People believe anything that amuses them, gratifies them, or promises some sort of profit.'

BWW Review:  Compelling “The Scottish Play” (“Mac**th”) at Great Lakes Theater
April 1, 2018

Theater people are superstitious! The practices that relate to the fears have various origins. For example, 'the ghost of Thespis (the first known actor in ancient Greece) is said to wreak havoc upon theaters all over the world. The ghost light tradition-leaving a single lit bulb upstage center when the theater is empty-is meant to ward off these mischievous specters.'

BWW Review: Humorous 'The Oldest Profession” at convergence continuum
March 31, 2018


BWW Review: Acting Soars in LATE HENRY MOSS at None Too FragileBWW Review: Acting Soars in LATE HENRY MOSS at None Too Fragile
March 19, 2018

Sam Shepard, the author of 'The Late Henry Moss,' which is now in production at none too fragile, once wrote, 'I believe in my mask-- The man I made up is me. I believe in my dance--And my destiny.'

Sneak Preview of The Shaw Festival's 2018 SeasonSneak Preview of The Shaw Festival's 2018 Season
March 14, 2018

Canada's Shaw Festival is a tribute to George Bernard Shaw and his writing contemporaries.

BWW Review: RENT at Connor PalaceBWW Review: RENT at Connor Palace
March 8, 2018

The history of American musical theater is laced with firsts and trend setters. Rogers and Hammerstein's 'Oklahoma' introduced the well-made book musical in which a story was told, with music, lyrics and dance all integrated and setting the pattern of the first act ending with a conflict that would be solved in the second act.

BWW Review:  THE EFFECT at DOBAMA is More Effect Than Well Told StoryBWW Review: THE EFFECT at DOBAMA is More Effect Than Well Told Story
March 5, 2018

Lots of today's science news concerns controlled drug studies done by pharmaceutical companies, as well as government agencies, to insure the safety and identify side-effects of the compounds.

BWW Review: SWEENEY TODD, Sondheim at His Most Complicated, Comes to Blank CanvasBWW Review: SWEENEY TODD, Sondheim at His Most Complicated, Comes to Blank Canvas
February 28, 2018

Stephen Sondheim, who wrote the music and lyrics for 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,' which is now in production at Blank Canvas, is noted as a brilliant lyricist. Interestingly, that is not the way he sees himself. He is well-trained as a musical composer, having, from a young age, been the prodigy of Oscar Hammerstein II. Yes, the composer of such mega hits as 'Oklahoma,' 'South Pacific' and 'Sound of Music.'

BWW Review: Unnerving, Compelling THE INVISIBLE HAND at Cleveland Play HouseBWW Review: Unnerving, Compelling THE INVISIBLE HAND at Cleveland Play House
February 24, 2018


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!!!



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