Cleveland Theater Reviews
 


BWW Feature: Cleveland Broadway Connections:  BWU MUSICAL THEATRE SHOWCASES, ARACA, and More! BWW Feature: Cleveland Broadway Connections: BWU MUSICAL THEATRE SHOWCASES, ARACA, and More!
by Roy Berko - April 24, 2018

Several times a year I go to review some of what's on stage on Broadway. This year, I expanded the experience by accompanying the Baldwin Wallace University Musical Theatre program's fifteen seniors.... (more...)
BWW Review: Dobama's Compelling “Appropriate” expands the definition of dysfunctional family BWW Review: Dobama's Compelling “Appropriate” expands the definition of dysfunctional family
by Roy Berko - April 23, 2018

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, author of 'Appropriate,' which is now getting a compelling staging at Dobama, Cleveland's 'off-Broadway theatre,' is noted for writing plays that shimmer in spectacle, theatricality, and melodramatic substance. The African American centers his themes on race in America, white... (more...)
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!
by Roy Berko - April 21, 2018

???????How would you do if asked to spell: 'syzygy,' 'capybara,' 'cystitis,' 'pandemonium,' and 'qaymaqam?' How about 'crepuscule?'... (more...)
BWW Review: THE ADVENTURES OF THE BLACK GIRL IN HER SEARCH FOR GOD is Less Than it Could be at Karamu BWW Review: THE ADVENTURES OF THE BLACK GIRL IN HER SEARCH FOR GOD is Less Than it Could be at Karamu
by Roy Berko - April 08, 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.'... (more...)
BWW Review:  Compelling “The Scottish Play” (“Mac**th”) at Great Lakes Theater BWW Review: Compelling “The Scottish Play” (“Mac**th”) at Great Lakes Theater
by Roy Berko - April 01, 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... (more...)
BWW Review: Humorous 'The Oldest Profession” at convergence continuum BWW Review: Humorous 'The Oldest Profession” at convergence continuum
by Roy Berko - March 31, 2018

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BWW Review: Acting Soars in LATE HENRY MOSS at None Too Fragile BWW Review: Acting Soars in LATE HENRY MOSS at None Too Fragile
by Roy Berko - 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.'... (more...)
Sneak Preview of The Shaw Festival's 2018 Season Sneak Preview of The Shaw Festival's 2018 Season
by Roy Berko - March 14, 2018

Canada's Shaw Festival is a tribute to George Bernard Shaw and his writing contemporaries.... (more...)
BWW Review:  THE EFFECT at DOBAMA is More Effect Than Well Told Story BWW Review: THE EFFECT at DOBAMA is More Effect Than Well Told Story
by Roy Berko - March 05, 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: SWEENEY TODD, Sondheim at His Most Complicated, Comes to Blank Canvas BWW Review: SWEENEY TODD, Sondheim at His Most Complicated, Comes to Blank Canvas
by Roy Berko - 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,... (more...)
BWW Review: Unnerving, Compelling THE INVISIBLE HAND at Cleveland Play House BWW Review: Unnerving, Compelling THE INVISIBLE HAND at Cleveland Play House
by Roy Berko - February 24, 2018

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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...)