Elyse Orecchio

About:  Elyse Orecchio is a critic for "Theatre's Leiter Side." She studied musical theatre at Emerson College, acting at CUNY Brooklyn College, and English Linguistics & Rhetoric at CUNY Hunter College. She has worked in nonprofit communications for more than a decade.
Reviews (5)
Theatre's Leiter Side

"Unlike the show, I'm not going for suspense-it's well executed…Grinstead and Stromberg's performances seem vocally taxing and I desperately hope they are drowning themselves in Throat Coat between shows…Stromberg's quick-change skills are impressive as she flawlessly flits about from character to character…The writing is clever, unpretentious, and an all-around good time…The production is the clear result of a collaboration between two people who can really riff off each other." Full Review

Theatre's Leiter Side

“Since its premiere in 2003, ‘Electronic City’ by Falk Richter has been translated into 40 languages, and I wonder if it makes sense in any of them...This show is determined to show how disconnected and alienated we all are in the digital world. However, without exploring social media's role in making connections, it's even harder to extract meaning from an already abstract production…There's an affordable hostel upstairs if you and your date wish to redeem your evening.” Full Review

Theatre's Leiter Side

"Going to the West Village to see a show touted as 'a queer play about mooncakes' has all the promise in the world, but this one falls short on ingenuity... As Don tries to reconcile his culture with his identity, he's increasingly squelched by the island (resulting in increasing whining)... I could do with fewer by-the-numbers lines…The scenes that feel the richest involve the whole family sharing anecdotes about Chinese traditions…It's our familiar stories that connect us." Full Review

Theatre's Leiter Side

"This Xennial derived pleasure from the silver-haired audience filling the majority of the seats...I enjoyed their laughter and nostalgia, made obvious by their knowing sighs during those intimate moments best understood by couples who have been together long enough to finish each other's sentences...While the first act lags at times, the second act is laden with energy and physical comedy...Sometimes it's nice to see a revival that doesn't try to put a modern lens on old themes." Full Review

Theatre's Leiter Side

"The titular simian is bursting with animation, charm, and even a bit of cheekiness. Magnificently crafted and expertly manipulated by three puppeteers, this adorable ape will make a believer out of anyone who might have thought puppetry was just kid stuff…The puppet's face doesn't move, so why does it feel as though she has physically transformed? This is the marvel of puppetry done well…The puppeteers infused her with such sadness and rage, I could hear the audience's stifled breathing." Full Review