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: Choreography the Highlight of less-than-well-conceived SHREK at BeckBWW Review: Choreography the Highlight of less-than-well-conceived SHREK at Beck
Posted: Dec. 11, 2018


BWW Review: LIBERACE, well, facsimile, thereof, coming to Cleveland's Theatre in the CircleBWW Review: LIBERACE, well, facsimile, thereof, coming to Cleveland's Theatre in the Circle
Posted: Dec. 13, 2018


BWW Review: BOOGIEBAN, Compelling, Emotionally Gripping World Premiere at None-Too-FragileBWW Review: BOOGIEBAN, Compelling, Emotionally Gripping World Premiere at None-Too-Fragile
Posted: Nov. 26, 2018


BWW Review: Fosse Influences Almost Saves Touring 'CHICAGO' at the Connor PalaceBWW Review: Fosse Influences Almost Saves Touring 'CHICAGO' at the Connor Palace
Posted: Nov. 30, 2018


BWW Review:  Relevant RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN Intrigues at Convergence ContinuumBWW Review: Relevant RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN Intrigues at Convergence Continuum
Posted: Dec. 3, 2018


BWW Review: ?Ella? less than ?Enchanted? at DobamaBWW Review: ?Ella? less than ?Enchanted? at Dobama
Posted: Dec. 1, 2018


BWW Review: AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS at Shahrazed Theatre/Ensemble TheatreBWW Review: AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS at Shahrazed Theatre/Ensemble Theatre
Posted: Dec. 7, 2018


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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: Baldwin Wallace Musical Theatre Class of '18 Showcases Their Talents in NYBWW Review: Baldwin Wallace Musical Theatre Class of '18 Showcases Their Talents in NY
Posted: May. 18, 2018


BWW Review: 'It Only Takes a Moment' to Know That HELLO, DOLLY!, Betty Buckley and the Audience Are Having a Musical Theater Love AffairBWW Review: 'It Only Takes a Moment' to Know That HELLO, DOLLY!, Betty Buckley and the Audience Are Having a Musical Theater Love Affair
Posted: Oct. 7, 2018


BWW Review: Pulitzer Prize and Tony-Winning Musical NEXT TO NORMAL, Compelling at PorthouseBWW Review: Pulitzer Prize and Tony-Winning Musical NEXT TO NORMAL, Compelling at Porthouse
Posted: Jul. 8, 2018


BWW Review: Entertaining Champions of Magic at Connor PalaceBWW Review: Entertaining Champions of Magic at Connor Palace
Posted: Dec. 30, 2017


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


BWW Review: LIBERACE, well, facsimile, thereof, coming to Cleveland's Theatre in the CircleBWW Review: LIBERACE, well, facsimile, thereof, coming to Cleveland's Theatre in the Circle
December 13, 2018

David Maiocco is noted as being a tour-de force solo-performer, who is presently making a career of portraying 'Mr. Showmanship,' the uniquely American icon, Liberace.

BWW Review: Choreography the Highlight of less-than-well-conceived SHREK at BeckBWW Review: Choreography the Highlight of less-than-well-conceived SHREK at Beck
December 11, 2018

Jeanine Tesori (music) and David Lindsay-Abaire (books and lyrics) developed the creative musical 'Shrek' from DreamWorks Animation's film and William Steig's book of the same name.

BWW Review: “Special” AVENUE Q at Blank Canvas
December 11, 2018

It has been said that dying is easy, farce is hard to do! And, 'Avenue Q,' the delightful, satirical, coming of age parable by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, is farce at its highest level.

BWW Review: AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS at Shahrazed Theatre/Ensemble TheatreBWW Review: AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS at Shahrazed Theatre/Ensemble Theatre
December 7, 2018

Shahrazad Theatre Company was formed late in 2016 with 'the purpose of performing shows that were important and valuable contributions to today's Cleveland theatre scene.'

BWW Review:  Relevant RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN Intrigues at Convergence ContinuumBWW Review: Relevant RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN Intrigues at Convergence Continuum
December 3, 2018

The anti-sexual assault and women's empowerment movements #MeToo and Time's Up have brought new relevance to the public conversation about women's issues surrounding the obstacles women encounter in their personal and professional lives.

BWW Review: “Ella” less than “Enchanted” at Dobama
December 1, 2018


BWW Review: Fosse Influences Almost Saves Touring 'CHICAGO' at the Connor PalaceBWW Review: Fosse Influences Almost Saves Touring 'CHICAGO' at the Connor Palace
November 30, 2018

As the red-jacket usher guided us to our seats before the opening curtain of 'Chicago' at the Connor Palace she said, 'I love musical theater, especially if the show has a Fosse influence.'

BWW Review: BOOGIEBAN, Compelling, Emotionally Gripping World Premiere at None-Too-FragileBWW Review: BOOGIEBAN, Compelling, Emotionally Gripping World Premiere at None-Too-Fragile
November 26, 2018

According to the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study, 'roughly 11 percent of veterans who served in Vietnam, approximately 271,000 veterans of the war, continue to suffer from clinically PTSD symptoms.'

BWW Review: “Willokommen” to a compelling “Cabaret” at BWU
November 9, 2018


BWW Review: JUST FOR LAUGHS COMEDY SONGS FROM MUSICALS at The Musical Theater ProjectBWW Review: JUST FOR LAUGHS COMEDY SONGS FROM MUSICALS at The Musical Theater Project
November 7, 2018

What do 'Avenue Q,' 'Spamalot,' 'Something Rotten' and 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum?' have in common? They are all American Musical Theater comedies, meant to entertain and evoke laughter.

BWW Review: Karamu's DAY OF ABSENCE Loses its Message due to Misdirection 
 
November 9, 2018

As Douglas Turner Ward, the author of 'Day of Absence,' explains it, 'The time is now. The play opens in an unnamed Southern town of medium population on a somnolent cracker morning - meaning no matter the early temperature, it's gonna get hot. The hamlet is just beginning to rouse itself from the sleepy lassitude of night.'

BWW Preview:  'O JERUSALEM! – CROSSROADS OF THREE FAITHS” at Apollo's Fire
November 6, 2018

Jeannette Sorrell, Artistic Director of Apollo's Fire, the Cleveland-based Baroque Orchestra, started to study conducting and musical composition at age 16. A trained pianist, the young lady, who has been called a 'wunderkind' by 'Audiophile Audition,' won first prize and the audience choice award in the 1991 Spivey International Harpsichord Competition, competing against 70 uber-talented international musicians.

BWW Review: Creative staging, quality singing featured in Kent's CHILDREN OF EDENBWW Review: Creative staging, quality singing featured in Kent's CHILDREN OF EDEN
November 3, 2018

When one thinks of Stephen Schwartz, the lyricist and composer of theater titles 'Godspell,' 'Pippin,' and 'Wicked,' or the films 'Pocahontas,' 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame,' and 'Enchanted' come to mind. How about 'Children of Eden'? Probably not.

BWW Review: Touring LES MIZ! Les Okay! at the Connor PalaceBWW Review: Touring LES MIZ! Les Okay! at the Connor Palace
November 2, 2018


BWW Review: Compelling SWEAT Tells an Emotional Tale of the Fall of the American Working Middle Class and its Effect on the NationBWW Review: Compelling SWEAT Tells an Emotional Tale of the Fall of the American Working Middle Class and its Effect on the Nation
October 31, 2018

Lynn Nottage, who has been called 'as fine a playwright as America has,' started to craft 'Sweat,' which is now getting a production at Cleveland Play House, in 2011, just before the height of the national malaise, but not before Reading, Pennsylvania and similar areas were hit by layoffs, plant closings, and general angst. The playwright honed in on the national problem and succeeded in writing a raw, disturbing and illuminating script that won the 2017 Pulitzer for Drama.

BWW Review: EVERYTHING IS OK Focuses the Spotlight on Millennials @ Cleveland Public TheatreBWW Review: EVERYTHING IS OK Focuses the Spotlight on Millennials @ Cleveland Public Theatre
October 30, 2018


BWW Review: Shallow script hampers “This Much
October 28, 2018


BWW Review: Dobama's JOHN Too Much To Do About NothingBWW Review: Dobama's JOHN Too Much To Do About Nothing
October 26, 2018

Annie Baker is the author of 'The Flick,' which had an award-winning production at Dobama last March (e.g., Cleveland Critics Circle and Broadwayworld.com recognitions). That script was clever, thought-provoking and generally mesmerizing.

BWW Review:  Superb WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? @ Beck CenterBWW Review: Superb WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? @ Beck Center
October 14, 2018

Edward Albee, author of 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf,' now in production at Beck Center for the Arts, is one of the best known Theatre of the Absurd American writers. This form of theatre, which was at its apex shortly following World War II, is based, in part on philosophical existentialism, which asks 'what is the purpose of existence?'

BWW Review: Less than clever CANNIBAL! THE MUSICAL raw @ Blank CanvasBWW Review: Less than clever CANNIBAL! THE MUSICAL raw @ Blank Canvas
October 13, 2018

As Blank Canvas's program notes states, 'Before 'South Park.' Before 'The Book of Mormon. There was 'Cannibal! The Musical!'



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