INTERVIEW FOR SWALLOW (2017)
Philadelphia Gay News: "Samy el-Noury is a renaissance man. A well-respected actor, Noury is also a musician, a brown belt in Shaolin Kung Fu, does pretty well on a trapeze, speaks a smattering of French, Arabic and Spanish, is fluent in Japanese and knows his way around a puppet. Not bad for someone who hasn’t turned 30 yet."
REVIEWS FOR CHARM (2017)
Interview with DC Theatre Scene: "... it is a trans experience. Maybe not the trans experience. It is one story. I think there are parts of it that are very real. I remember the first time we went through a read of the play, I cried at moments. Some of these words are words that have come from my mouth, in total honesty... and then, there are perspectives that trans people in the play have that I don’t agree with, but I certainly know trans people who do."
Review from DC Theatre Scene: "[el-Noury] brings a playful spirit... and ends up being swept up into the family."
DC Metro Theatre Arts: "Logan, the unlikeliest of the group, is a college-bound boy who is not sure whether he’s gay or trans. Played by Samy El-Noury, he adds a note of innocence to the proceedings, much like the ingenue in a straight comedy."
REVIEWS FOR HARRY AND THE THIEF (2016)
WYPR: "The cast includes a narrator named Anita, who’s a movie director. The play we’re watching is the movie that Anita is making... El-Noury plays Anita as preening, posing and sexually ambiguous."
MD Theatre Guide: "Anita (Samy el-Noury), the show’s director, is everywhere at once, giving acting direction and handing out props, all while delivering a hilarious side commentary for the audience."
The Baltimore Sun: "Samy el-Noury captures the camp humor in Anita."
REVIEWS FOR THE DUM DUMS (2015)
Broadway World: "From the Glass Mind Theatre company actors Liz Galuardi, Samy el-Noury and Ann Turiano, director Benjamin Kamine draws believable, nuanced performances."
DC Metro Theatre Arts: "El-Noury is challenged most of all, as he is called upon to switch between long-dead human dermatologist to current zenomorphic threat multiple times in a five-minute period. His comfort with character voices and physicality create effective contrasts, as the play rapidly moves toward a harrowing climax."
Baltimore Post Examiner: "[El-Noury] infuses Lambert with a gentle naivety which helps to quietly settle the audience before the real trouble begins. Both Turiano and el-Noury adroitly portray a number of other characters throughout the play, as Traeger and Schill’s respective minds slowly become unraveled."
REVIEWS FOR MACBETH (2015)
The Bad Oracle: "I have been a fan of el-Noury in the past and now I’m signed and sealed in love with him... A slight and gentle man with eyes full of confusion and fire, he isn’t your grandmother’s Macbeth. El-Noury is no brute and he plays the part as a delicate soul grown hard as a black diamond by the heat of powerlust. The contrast between his trembling body standing under a naked light bulb, vulnerable and horrified, after his first murder and the growl of his voice as he spits 'There is blood on thy face!' at his minions after one much later is electrifying, horrifying. El-Noury makes me want to listen to him even when I know what he’s going to say."
Theatre Bloom: "[El-Noury] delivers a much more internalized Scottish tyrant than the masses are used to expecting. This does not, however, mean that his performance is anything less than brilliant... [El-Noury] exposes the rarely seen psyche of Macbeth's internal monologue. Driven a great deal throughout the performance by a lingering fear and doubt that he cannot shake, when that finally transforms to wrath at the end— the transformation is glorious as el-Noury's timid characterization undergoes metamorphosis and erupts into a terrified beast lashing out as it is cornered. Well rounded, well grounded, and well played, el-Noury delivers an unconventional Macbeth that is on par for the performance as a whole and is wholly pleasing throughout the production."
REVIEWS FOR THE ALL-AMERICAN GENDERF*CK CABARET (2014)
The Bad Oracle: "I fell in love with [el-Noury's] Benji – his physicality is beautiful and funny and expert."
City Paper: "Benji is a comic gem, as el-Noury understands that some of the play's punch lines rely on his facial reactions and physical responses."
REVIEWS FOR PETER PAN & WENDY (2014)
DC Metro Theatre Arts: "Peter Pan (Samy el-Noury) is adventurous and fun. El-Noury also brings a strong singing voice to the show, his title number 'He is the Pan' being a most fun vocal adventure... Crowing and zipping about the stage, el-Noury is filled with engaging energy and knows how to respond to younger audiences when they invite themselves into the production. He plays well with Wendy and much like the lost boys is extremely animated and very exciting to watch."
MD Theatre Guide: "[el-Noury] as Peter Pan joined in on the fun and excitement and gave a performance that deserved the clapping encouragement from the children in the audience."