Cleveland Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: MISERY at Great Lakes Theater BWW Review: MISERY at Great Lakes Theater
by Roy Berko - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: SASSY MAMAS - Laughs, Laughs and More Laughs at Karamu BWW Review: SASSY MAMAS - Laughs, Laughs and More Laughs at Karamu
by Roy Berko - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: RIVERDANCE 20 Delights With its Blend of Dance, Music, and Telling of Tales BWW Review: RIVERDANCE 20 Delights With its Blend of Dance, Music, and Telling of Tales
by Roy Berko - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: JELLY BELLY--A Fascinating Investigation of a World That Many Don't Know at Ensemble BWW Review: JELLY BELLY--A Fascinating Investigation of a World That Many Don't Know at Ensemble
by Roy Berko - 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).... (more...)
BWW Review:  BOY - Truth is Stranger Than Fiction at None Too Fragile BWW Review: BOY - Truth is Stranger Than Fiction at None Too Fragile
by Roy Berko - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: Talent-Filled HAIR Rocks at Beck BWW Review: Talent-Filled HAIR Rocks at Beck
by Roy Berko - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: Charming “Love Letters” at Theatre in the Circle BWW Review: Charming “Love Letters” at Theatre in the Circle
by Roy Berko - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: “Celebrating Black History” by Verb Ballets a study of two choreographic styles BWW Review: “Celebrating Black History” by Verb Ballets a study of two choreographic styles
by Roy Berko - February 07, 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG at Lakeland Civic Theatre BWW Review: MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG at Lakeland Civic Theatre
by Roy Berko - February 04, 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!!!... (more...)
BWW Review: Fascinating “How to End Poverty” @ Cleveland Public Theatre BWW Review: Fascinating “How to End Poverty” @ Cleveland Public Theatre
by Roy Berko - January 31, 2018

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BWW Review: CPH's MARIE AND ROSETTA Points the Spotlight on Future-Inductee Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame BWW Review: CPH's MARIE AND ROSETTA Points the Spotlight on Future-Inductee Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
by Roy Berko - January 27, 2018

???????When Sister Rosetta Tharpe's name appeared on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ballot, there were many who thought, Sister who? Little did those not familiar with the history of the genre, know that 'she was wailing on the guitar before Chuck Berry, shouting call and response before Little Rich... (more...)
BWW Review: Compelling GROUNDED at Dobama BWW Review: Compelling GROUNDED at Dobama
by Roy Berko - January 20, 2018

Grounded is the kind of script and staging on which Dobama fulfills its goal of presenting the best contemporary plays in a professional production of the high quality.... (more...)
BWW Review: Pulitzer Prize Winning Angels in America, Part 1  is Compelling at Ensemble BWW Review: Pulitzer Prize Winning Angels in America, Part 1 is Compelling at Ensemble
by Roy Berko - January 11, 2018

Lucky you. It is unnecessary to go to New York to see a production of this epic. It is now running at Ensemble Theatre as part of their 'We The People' 2017-2018 season. The first segment, subtitled 'Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches,' is running until January 28. In April, 'Angels ... (more...)
BWW Review: BWW-CLE PROFESSIONAL THEATER TRIBUTES--2017 at Greater Cleveland Theatre BWW Review: BWW-CLE PROFESSIONAL THEATER TRIBUTES--2017 at Greater Cleveland Theatre
by Roy Berko - December 24, 2017

Greater Cleveland is blessed with a vital theater scene. It the purpose of BROADWAY WORLD.COM-CLEVELAND PROFESSIONAL THEATER TRIBUTES (BWW-CLE Theater Tributes), to recognize theatrical experiences that, in the subjective view of this reviewer, were excellent and deserve recognition.... (more...)
BWW Review: The LOUSH SISTERS Are Boozing and Sexing It Up Again at Cleveland Public Theatre BWW Review: The LOUSH SISTERS Are Boozing and Sexing It Up Again at Cleveland Public Theatre
by Roy Berko - December 14, 2017

Yes, Holly (Beth Wood) and Jolly (Liz Conway) are back again. This time in Cleveland Public Theatre's world premiere of' The Loush Sisters Get Hard for the Holidays.'... (more...)
BWW Review: THE CHASTE GENIUS AND HIS DEATHRAY GUN,  an interesting history lesson unfolds at convergence continuum BWW Review: THE CHASTE GENIUS AND HIS DEATHRAY GUN, an interesting history lesson unfolds at convergence continuum
by Roy Berko - December 09, 2017

'The Chaste Genius and His DeathRay Gun,' now on stage at congruence continuum, tells the tale of an obsessive, germ phobic genius who lived most of his life trying to get financial backing from the likes of JP Morgan, to develop his ideas.... (more...)
BWW Review: On Your Feet! Leaves Audience On Their Feet And Dancing at Connor Palace BWW Review: On Your Feet! Leaves Audience On Their Feet And Dancing at Connor Palace
by Roy Berko - December 08, 2017

Last year, within a short time after getting off the plane in Havana, it became apparent that the Cuban people adore art, music, bright colors, personal style and family unity. And, after long periods of dictatorships, revolution, communism, deprivation of food and other necessities of life, they ha... (more...)
BWW Review: URINETOWN, Bad Title, Fun Show, Flushed With Success @ Blank Canvas
  BWW Review: URINETOWN, Bad Title, Fun Show, Flushed With Success @ Blank Canvas  
by Roy Berko - December 06, 2017

'Urinetown: The Musical' opened on Broadway in 2001, but its path from lyricist Greg Kotis traveling Europe, encountering a pay toilet, getting an idea for a story, joining with Mark Hollman, writing the lyrics together, Hollman writing the music, previewing the show at the New York's Fringe Festiva... (more...)
BWW Review: “THE LITTLE MERMAID” Goes Under The Sea Again at the Beck Center BWW Review: “THE LITTLE MERMAID” Goes Under The Sea Again at the Beck Center
by Roy Berko - December 04, 2017

Yes, Beck Center has decided to recycle 'The Little Mermaid,' last year's holiday production so that more children of all ages can follow Ariel, the daughter of King Triton, the master of the sea, in her search for 'a world in which I feel truly realized on my own terms.'... (more...)
BWW Review: “The game's afoot” as “The Baker Street Irregulars” snoop @ Dobama BWW Review: “The game's afoot” as “The Baker Street Irregulars” snoop @ Dobama
by Roy Berko - December 03, 2017

In October of 1978 Will Eisner published 'A Contract with God and Other Tenement Stories.' The fictional tale ushered in a new venue, the graphic novel, using the drawing media to tell tales.... (more...)
BWW Review: O'Neill's THE HAIRY APE opens Ensemble's 28th season BWW Review: O'Neill's THE HAIRY APE opens Ensemble's 28th season
by Roy Berko - 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 ... (more...)
BWW Review:  Touring Wonderful WICKED Wows Yet Again at State BWW Review: Touring Wonderful WICKED Wows Yet Again at State
by Roy Berko - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: “Diary of Anne Frank” Conveys Important Message at the Cleveland Play House BWW Review: “Diary of Anne Frank” Conveys Important Message at the Cleveland Play House
by Roy Berko - November 07, 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 accou... (more...)
BWW Review:  Karamu and Ensemble Team Up for Dealing with THE LAKE EFFECT BWW Review: Karamu and Ensemble Team Up for Dealing with THE LAKE EFFECT
by Roy Berko - November 06, 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.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Con-Con's “In the Closet,” a thoughtful journey into whether anyone can ever emerge from hiding BWW Review: Con-Con's “In the Closet,” a thoughtful journey into whether anyone can ever emerge from hiding
by Roy Berko - 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 enc... (more...)