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Review: HADESTOWN at CONNOR PALACE (Cleveland) Photo Review: HADESTOWN at CONNOR PALACE (Cleveland)
by Roy Berko - February 03, 2023

What did our critic think of HADESTOWN at CONNOR PALACE (Cleveland)? When HADESTOWN, opened on Broadway on April 17, 2019, it was met with critical acclaim. Reviews contained such terms as 'inventive,' 'gorgeous, 'hypnotic,' 'high energy,' 'utterly fabulous' and 'immersive.' The critics went gaga ov...
Review: BEETLEJUICE THE MUSICAL at Connon Place Photo Review: BEETLEJUICE THE MUSICAL at Connon Place
by Roy Berko - January 14, 2023

What did our critic think of BEETLEJUICE THE MUSICAL at Connon Place?...
Review: HAMILTON at Key Bank State Photo Review: HAMILTON at Key Bank State
by Roy Berko - December 09, 2022

What did our critic think of HAMILTON at Key Bank State?...
Review: THE LAND OF OZ at Dobama Photo Review: THE LAND OF OZ at Dobama
by Roy Berko - December 08, 2022

What did our critic think of THE LAND OF OZ at Dobama? Since 1959, Dobama Theatre has been dedicated to premiering important new plays by established and emerging playwrights in professional productions of the highest quality. THE LAND OF OZ, is a good selection for them to undertake....
Review: THE MOST FABULOUS STORY EVER TOLD at Convergence-continuum Photo Review: THE MOST FABULOUS STORY EVER TOLD at Convergence-continuum
by Roy Berko - December 04, 2022

What did our critic think of THE MOST FABULOUS STORY EVER TOLD at Convergence-continuum?...
Review: THE WILD PARTY at BWU Musical Theatre Program Photo Review: THE WILD PARTY at BWU Musical Theatre Program
by Roy Berko - November 11, 2022

What did our critic think of THE WILD PARTY at CWU Musical Theatre Program?...
Review: THE GREAT LEAP at Cleveland Play House Photo Review: THE GREAT LEAP at Cleveland Play House
by Roy Berko - November 06, 2022

What did our critic think of THE GREAT LEAP at Cleveland Play House?...
Review: DESCRIBE THE NIGHT at Ensemble Photo Review: DESCRIBE THE NIGHT at Ensemble
by Roy Berko - November 04, 2022

What did our critic think of DESCRIBE THE NIGHT at Ensemble?...
Review: BREAKOUT SESSION at Cleveland Public Theater Photo Review: BREAKOUT SESSION at Cleveland Public Theater
by Roy Berko - October 31, 2022

What did our critic think of BREAKOUT SESSION at Cleveland Public Theater? Nikkole Slater, BREAKOUT SESSION (OR FROGORSE), was commissioned in 2020 by CPT, with funding from the National New Play Network (NNPN). It was the intention of funding to have the author write a play that cast a spotlight on...
Review: INSURRECTION: HOLDING HISTORY at Convergence-continuum Photo Review: INSURRECTION: HOLDING HISTORY at Convergence-continuum
by Roy Berko - October 25, 2022

What did our critic think of INSURRECTION: HOLDING HISTORY at Convergence-continuum? Is it true that in order to understand your present, you must understand your past? If you understand the past, and could insert yourself into the events happening, could you change your present? Could you actually ...
Review: LES MISERABLES National Tour at Key Bank State Photo Review: LES MISERABLES National Tour at Key Bank State
by Roy Berko - October 17, 2022

What did our critic think of LES MISERABLES (2022 TOUR) at Key Bank State? This is a musical with the word 'miserable' in the title, has physical beatings and numerous onstage deaths, and lacks a typical happy ending. Is this the stuff musicals are made of? Not usually. But, there is no reason that ...
Review: THE THIN PLACE at Dobama Photo Review: THE THIN PLACE at Dobama
by Roy Berko - October 09, 2022

What did our critic think of THE THIN PLACE at Dobama?...
Review: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIIME at Beck Center For The Art Photo Review: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIIME at Beck Center For The Arts
by Roy Berko - October 03, 2022

What did our critic think of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIIME at Beck Center For The Arts? THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, which is now on stage in the Senney Theater in the Beck Center complex, is a play by Simon Stephens which is based on British writer Mark Ha...
Review: AMERICAN MARIACHI at Cleveland Play House Photo Review: AMERICAN MARIACHI at Cleveland Play House
by Roy Berko - September 25, 2022

What did our critic think of AMERICAN MARIACHI at Cleveland Play House?...
Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Great Lakes Theater Photo Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Great Lakes Theater
by Roy Berko - September 19, 2022

What did LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is the kind of show that many love to hate while others love it.  The topics of abuse and drug use, which are not in the wheelhouse of musicals, sometimes turn people off, as does the phy-sci-centered plot.  The GLT production is as good as you are going to get.  It s...
Review: BUYER & CELLAR at Beck Center For The Arts Photo Review: BUYER & CELLAR at Beck Center For The Arts
by Roy Berko - September 12, 2022

What did our critic think of BUYER & CELLAR at Beck Center For The Arts? Barbra Streisand's career started in the gay nightclub, The Lion, located in New York's Greenwich Village. Her films and music have amassed huge support, especially from the gay community. She, and her works, are larger than li...
Review: FROZEN at Key Bank State Photo Review: FROZEN at Key Bank State
by Roy Berko - August 14, 2022

What did our critic think of FROZEN at Key Bank State?...
Review: WEST SIDE STORY at Porthouse/Kent State University Photo Review: WEST SIDE STORY at Porthouse/Kent State University
by Roy Berko - August 12, 2022

What did our critic think of WEST SIDE STORY at Porthouse/Kent State University? In the fall of 1957, I had a mind-blowing experience. I saw the newly opened Broadway production of WEST SIDE STORY. At the time, all I knew about the show was that it was based on ROMEO AND JULIET and it had opened to ...
Review: OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD at The Seat Of The Pants Productions Photo Review: OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD at The Seat Of The Pants Productions
by Roy Berko - August 08, 2022

What did our critic think of OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD at The Seat Of The Pants Productions? The Seat of the Pants Productions' mission states that 'Our hope is to create theater that challenges minds, moves hearts, and mobilizes hands and feet - in both performers and patrons.' ...
Review: SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM at Cain Park--Alma Theatre Photo Review: SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM at Cain Park--Alma Theatre
by Roy Berko - August 07, 2022

What did our critic think of SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM at Cain Park--Alma Theatre?...
Review: ANGRY FAGS at Convergence-continuum Photo Review: ANGRY FAGS at Convergence-continuum
by Roy Berko - July 17, 2022

What did our critic think of ANGRY FAGS at Convergence-continuum? A catalog description of ANGRY FAGS, the Topher Payne play, now on stage at convergence- continuum, cautions that the script contains 'alcohol, gunshots, intense adult themes, strong language, nudity/partial nudity and smoking.' What ...
Review: AIN'T TOO PROUD at Key Bank Palace Photo Review: AIN'T TOO PROUD at Key Bank Palace
by Roy Berko - July 15, 2022

What did our critic think of AIN'T TOO PROUD at Key Bank Palace? AIN'T TOO PROUD: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS, which is now on stage at the State Theatre as part of the Key Bank Broadway Series, is a 2018 jukebox musical with music and lyrics by The Temptations and book by Dominique Moriss...
Review: GODSPELL at Porthouse (Kent State University) Photo Review: GODSPELL at Porthouse (Kent State University)
by Roy Berko - July 18, 2022

What did our critic think of GODSPELL at Porthouse (Kent State University)? GODSPELL, which is now on stage at Porthouse Theatre, is based on 'The Gospel According to St. Matthew.' The musical tells the story of the last seven days of Christ's life. The parables have been contemporized, and Christ's...
Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN at Beck Center For The Arts Photo Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN at Beck Center For The Arts
by Roy Berko - July 10, 2022

What did our critic think of SOMETHING ROTTEN at Beck Center For The Arts?...
Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Porthouse Theatre--KSU School Of Theatre And Dance Photo Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Porthouse Theatre--KSU School Of Theatre And Dance
by Roy Berko - June 22, 2022

What did our critic think of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Porthouse Theatre--KSU School Of Theatre And Dance?...