ELEANOR REISSA · ACTING REVIEWS
A SMALL SAMPLING OF WHAT THE CRITICS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT ELEANOR REISSA AS AN ACTOR
IN "EAST TOWARDS HOME"
“When a vibrant Eleanor Reissa speaks this production comes alive.”
- New York Times
“Eleanor Reissa gives a delightful performance as Sylvie, a character inspired by the writings of various members of the New Dance Group …Reissa transforms with ease from playing an older Sylvie, hunched over her shopping cart… to a vivacious and impassioned dance teacher and choreographer with a lovely voice …”
- New York Theatre Now
IN “THE MATERIAL WORLD”
“The best downtown musical I have seen in years…Eleanor Reissa, a Yiddishkeit specialist, plays the older Gittel, a feisty centenarian on the verge of leaving the home she has lived in for decades.
- Time Out New York
“…for Gittel Fenster, the aspiring revolutionary heroine of Dan Fishback’s charming, wise new musical The Material World – in a production skillfully directed by Stephen Brackett – history returns again and again in song-and-dance numbers: medleys with the future; duets with the past. Fishback has been compared to Tony Kushner – with good reason. The character of Old Gittel (who we meet in a series of very funny and sometimes very sad flash-forward monologues, delivered with borscht-y aplomb by Eleanor Reissa) must be a nod to the Oldest Living Bolshevik from Angels in America.”
- The Village Voice
“A veteran performer, Reissa, also takes a funny, heart-breaking turn as Gittel at 90, a quick-witted grandmother as likely to rattle off a Borscht Belt-style joke as she is to admit she’s outlived her friends – and, to a certain extent, the promise of a socialist utopia.”
- The Forward
AS THE LEAD IN “YENTL”
"Because she has a smile that radiates innocence and the bewilderment that comes from good intentions gone awry. Eleanor Reissa makes a deeply appealing Yentl. She is also an expert comedienne.”
– The New York Daily News
"Eleanor Reissa, as the title character, leads a strong cast!"
- The New Yorker
“Performance and direction is everything to this production...Eleanor Reissa creates an engaging Yentl-turned-Anshel, giving the character depth and humanity. The chemistry between Reissa and the equally appealing Tzahi Moskovitz as Avigdor, her secret love, really takes fire. “
"What! You haven't seen the Folksbiene's wonderful production of 'Yentl' yet? As Yentl, Eleanor Reissa reigns."
– The Forward
“Eleanor Reissa commands the stage and grows in complexity until the full poignancy of her character is revealed.”
– The Jewish Press
"Eleanor Reissa is excellent."
– The West Side Spirit
"Eleanor Reissa brings to this double role her refined talent, making Yentl's story both heartbreaking and inspiring. Reissa illustrated the innocence of Yentl's dreams and the mischievousness that her new-found freedom allows."
– Washington Square News
IN “THOSE WERE THE DAYS”
'"My Yiddishe Mama" hauntingly crooned by Ms. Reissa and still as blue as it was when sung by the red-hot mama, Sophie Tucker."
– The New York Times
"Eleanor Reissa's touching remembrance of "My Yiddishe Mama" and her spirited love-struck "Yosl, Yosl' are appealing and well done."
– The Jewish Advocate
FOR “HIP HEYMISH AND HOT”
"Eleanor Reissa lights up the stage with humor and verve."
– 1010 WINS Radio
“A smile that radiates and an expert comedienne.”
– The New York Daily News
“Pick of the Week”
– Time Out Magazine
"The moving force is the obvious joy and love that shines from Eleanor Reissa for the material she sings."
– The New York Law Journal