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: Brilliant EVERY BRILLIANT THING a must see at Cleveland Play HouseBWW Review: Brilliant EVERY BRILLIANT THING a must see at Cleveland Play House
Posted: Nov. 30, 2019


BWW Review: Impressive, Startling, Educational LIVE BODIES FOR SALE at Playwrights LocalBWW Review: Impressive, Startling, Educational LIVE BODIES FOR SALE at Playwrights Local
Posted: Nov. 24, 2019


BWW Review: MEAN GIRLS at Connor Palace(Key Bank Broadway Series)BWW Review: MEAN GIRLS at Connor Palace(Key Bank Broadway Series)
Posted: Dec. 5, 2019


BWW Review: “THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON,” an adult fantasy at DobamaBWW Review: “THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON,” an adult fantasy at Dobama
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BWW Review: Dynamic, Must See HAIR Commemorates Kent State Massacre of 1970BWW Review: Dynamic, Must See HAIR Commemorates Kent State Massacre of 1970
Posted: Nov. 2, 2019


BWW Review: Spectacular KINKY BOOTS delights at Baldwin WallaceBWW Review: Spectacular KINKY BOOTS delights at Baldwin Wallace
Posted: Nov. 17, 2019


BWW Review: PREVIEW OF THE SHAW FESTIVAL 19BWW Review: PREVIEW OF THE SHAW FESTIVAL 19
Posted: Feb. 16, 2019


BWW Review: Seeing BW/Beck's wonderful ONCE once, is not enoughBWW Review: Seeing BW/Beck's wonderful ONCE once, is not enough
Posted: Feb. 11, 2019


Best Theatres In Cleveland: A Guide To The Top Local TheatresBest Theatres In Cleveland: A Guide To The Top Local Theatres
Posted: May. 6, 2019


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: Kids And Choreography Enhance MATILDA At The Beck CenterBWW Review: Kids And Choreography Enhance MATILDA At The Beck Center
Posted: Jul. 15, 2019


BWW Review: Mark Morris Dance - A Contrast of Two Acts at the Palace
March 4, 2013

Mark Morris Dance Group's first Cleveland appearance in five years was a mixed bag. After pleasing the audience with a delightful first act, the tone switched drastically in the second half, which though well presented, was tedious.

BWW Reviews: Well Done NEXT TO NORMAL @ Beck Center
March 2, 2013

There is a recent trend for Cleveland area professional theatres to couple with local university drama programs. Cleveland Play House has married itself to both Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve's MFA programs. Cleveland Public Theatre and Oberlin College have such an agreement. The connection between Beck Center and Baldwin Wallace's nationally ranked musical theatre program, has resulted in not only allowing BW students to appear on a professional stage, and the expansion of the acting pool for Beck, but the production several top notch shows.

BWW Review: Verb Ballets at Breen - A Fusion of Asian and Western Choreography
March 1, 2013

EXPLORE DISCOVER, Verb Ballet's Winter, 2013 series, was highlighted by the exciting works of Chung-Fu Chang and Richard Dickinson. It was a wonderful illumination of western and eastern modern and balletic dance.

BWW Reviews: EARTH, More Devised Theater at Cleveland Public Theatre
February 28, 2013

Cleveland Public Theatre is noted for championing works by local artists. The theatre's newest offering, EARTH PLAYS (Part Two of the Elements Cycle) invited directors, performers and writers to focus on the themes of the earth and sustainability, using the technique of devised theater.

BWW Reviews: BLITHE SPIRIT, Noel Coward at His Delightful Best
February 26, 2013

Noel Coward is noted as being one of the most creative dramatists, writers, composers, lyricist, painters and wit of the Western World. In fact, through his creations he is noted for virtually inventing the concept of 'Englishness.' It has been noted that, 'he was defined by his Englishness as much as he defined it.'

BWW Reviews: SONS OF THE PROPHET, Thought Provoking, Funny, But flawed at Dobama
February 23, 2013


BWW Reviews: PSYCHO BEACH PARTY a Camp Challenge for Blank Canvas
February 23, 2013

Who wrote THEODORA, SHE BITCH OF BYZANTIUM, TIMES SQUARE ANGEL, or VAMPIRE LESBIANS OF SODOM? Don't know? You are not alone. These, and more escapist romps with similar bizarre names, are the products of Charles Louis Busch, an American actor, playwright and female impersonator. Many of his works, including PSYCHO BEACH PARTY, which is now in production at Blank Canvas Theatre, were written specifically as vehicles for Busch and his camp style of acting.

BWW Review: Cleveland Play House's THE DEVIL'S MUSIC - An Entertaining Bio-Concert
February 21, 2013

THE DEVIL'S MUSIC is a very entertaining evening of theatre, highlighted by the performance of Miche Braden, but is somewhat burdened by the format of the script.

BWW Reviews: BLUE MAN GROUP Nothing But Fun, Fun, Fun at Palace Theatre
February 15, 2013

Ian, my thirteen year old grandson, who I often bring along to judge whether theatre productions are both appropriate and will be enjoyable for kids, just kept repeating, 'That was fun,' as we returned to our car for the trip home.

BWW Reviews: None Too Fragile's A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE...Not for the Language Police!
February 11, 2013

Sean Derry, the artistic director of none too fragile theater, is known for his love of off-the-wall scripts and characters. He fears no plots, language or the macabre. In Martin McDonagh, the author of none too fragile's latest brain teaser, A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE, he has met his mate.

BWW Reviews: Cute YOU SAY TOMATO, I SAY SHUT UP! at 14th Street Playhouse
February 8, 2013

What do courtship, sex, money, lack of sex, romance, birth, wanting more sex, parenting, children, squabbling, still wanting more sex, and anniversaries all have in common? Marriage, of course

BWW Reviews: Lakeland's NEXT TO NORMAL: Compelling Script, Must See Production
February 3, 2013

If you were an investor in Broadway shows and someone came to you proposing a rock musical about a mother with worsening bipolar disorder, that was going to be performed as an operetta (all singing, few spoken sentences), with no show stoppers, no dancing, no chorus numbers, few laughs, and an unnerving ending, written by an author who has never had a big hit, would you invest? Well, a group did, and the result was NEXT TO NORMAL which won three 2009 Tony Awards and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and had a smash 733 performance-run on Broadway, and is now touring to sold out audiences.

BWW Reviews: THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JAMES, Intriguing Theater at Ensemble
February 2, 2013

Charles Smith, author of THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JAMES, which is now getting its Ohio Premiere at Ensemble Theatre, is an award-winning writer, and playwright-in-residence for the Indiana Repertory Theatre. He is also head of the Professional playwriting program at Ohio University.

Preview of The Shaw Festival 2013
February 8, 2013

Yes, it's snowing outside, but soon Spring and Summer will be upon us. That means The Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada, will beckon. The Shaw is one of the two major Canadian theatre festivals, the other being The Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario. Both are high quality venues.

BWW Reviews: WATER WAYS, Devised Theater at Cleveland Public Theatre
January 29, 2013

Cleveland Public Theatre is sometimes referred to as an off-Playhousequare theatre for its continued probing of non-traditional script choices and presentation styles. It's the place that did an age-blind version of OUR TOWN, a play which paralleled southern slavery with the Holocaust and added a gay twist, presented a one-man diatribe about the Cleveland Browns, and was recognized by the Cleveland Critics Circle in its 2012 awards for 'Outstanding Commitment to Multi-dimensional Theater Production and Education.'

BWW Reviews: Well Written FICTION Gets Excellent Production at Actors' Summit
January 20, 2013

Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee, William Inge, Arthur Miller, Stephen Dietz. What do these playwrights have in common? They are on the list of the top ten American writers who have the most produced plays. Never heard of Dietz? You are not alone. He is a regional playwright who makes a living as a college professor and writing scripts that are done in mid-America.

BWW Reviews: SPANK! Screaming Women Encourage the Sexual Goings-On at The Hanna Theatre
January 19, 2013

There are some weird and off-beat goings-on in downtown Cleveland's PlayhouseSquare. At the State, cross-dressers and a transvestite are feverishly dancing and preening in PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT, THE MUSICAL. At the Hanna, witches and warlocks are cavorting in BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE. On stage at the Hanna, in SPANK! THE FIFTY SHADES PARODY, whips, chains, handcuffs and undulating abs have the mostly 20-something female crowd screaming for more. Yes, female crowd...the farer sex outnumbered the males by at least 100 to 1.

Cleveland Critics Circle Announces 2012 Theater Awards
December 18, 2012

It is the purpose of THE CLEVELAND CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS to recognize outstanding Cleveland area productions, performers, directors and others who were involved in those offerings during the 2012 year. Awards are considered for those theatres which the members review and the categories agreed upon by the members of the organization. (For a listing of these theatres go to: clevelandtheaterawards.com)

BWW Reviews: Delightful MY MOTHER'S LESBIAN JEWISH WICCAN WEDDING at Actors' Summit
December 16, 2012

MY MOTHER'S LESBIAN JEWISH WICCAN WEDDING is a meaningful musical production which has a solid message enforcing the need for equal rights for all, while also being totally delightful. This is a must see show!

BWW Reviews: THE SECRET SOCIAL Holds Special Meeting at Cleveland Public Theatre
December 11, 2012

THE SECRET SOCIAL is not traditional theatre. No plot, no social message. All in all the goings on are intended for fun. That is, if you are in the mood to be uninhibited, and just have a great time. It also helps if you and half the audience are looped and let loose with rude and creative comments.



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