Juri Henley-Cohn plays Ibrahim so well that when he embarrasses himself in front of one of Bilal's teachers, Mrs. Kreuger, played with a strong degree of sincerity by Chavez Ravine, it is a truly honest conclusion of a dynamic and well-written scene.
-Berkshire The Edge
"As negotiations progress, Israel starts taking things more seriously and sending in a big gun—Uri Savir (the electrifying Juri Henley-Cohn), the Israeli deputy foreign minister, who swaggers like a rock star amidst the swarm of men and women in crisp suits."
-DC Theater Scene
As for Juri Henley-Cohn’s Uri Savir, who emerges as chief Israeli enforcer of the views of his superiors back in Jerusalem, the suaveness of the character is apparent.
The arc of Palestinian Qurie and Israeli Savir building a relationship, at first wary and cautious and at the end paired in understanding and commitment, provides some of the play's most human and memorable moments. The raw interaction between actors Ebrahimzadeh and Henley-Cohn shows the great risk and shared pledge that propelled the process.
"...stunning and moving... remains an example of the power of theater to thrill the mind and grab the emotions. With the remarkable Juri Henley-Cohn as the title character...BashirLazhar emerges as a touching work with an impact that lingers long after the final blackout. Henley-Cohn is absolutely mesmerizing… This strong, moving production is an impressive way to open the season at Barrington Stage. It reminds us that summer theater can be intelligent, suggestive and dynamic. It is one of the most eloquent works I have encountered in recent months and this production does the play proud.”
“Juri Henley-Cohn delivers a powerful, deeply felt performance in “Bashir Lazhar,” which launches the Barrington Stage Company season. Henley-Cohn imbues him with the passion of a born teacher, one whose instinct to inspire students is as evident as his naivete about the way educational bureaucracy works. With subtle shifts in his face, posture and other physical changes,… Henley-Cohn signals where we are in the story. He grows from anxious neophyte to frustrated instructor, and he’s spot-on in his delivery…”
-Albany Times Union
“We watch Henley-Cohn don and discard multiple variations of playing a teacher, and then doing it in what has to be the first tour-de-force performance of the new season.”
“…Juri Henley-Cohn, imbues Bashir's plight with vivid poignancy."
“Bashir Lazhar is the first production of the summer theater season and you could not ask for a better start...This is a tender, intelligent work that is wonderfully acted by Juri Henley-Cohn... Henley-Cohn offers a beautiful fully-realized performance as he creates a man who though powerless in the world is filled with an inner-strength that makes a tragic situation seem a positive experience… Summer theater is just starting, but if by Labor Day, I attend another play as thoughtful and as well-done as Bashir Lazhar, I’ll consider it a brilliant summer."
“the current production fuses ardent script with expert, full realization by Henley-Cohn, who stands solo throughout… A tour-de-force by Henley-Cohn...provocative, thoughtful…Henley-Cohn is masterful…his is an emotional and truly warm performance…To those sitting close by, this is nothing short of stirring and sustaining.”
"As we watch Dracula weave his influence and make others writhe in pain as they try to escape his physical control, Mr. Henley-Cohn's powerful presence bewitches us as much as it does the characters onstage--we can't help but be caught in his spell, by the irresistability of the forbidden."
"Dracula is so mesmerizing that even the most skeptical will be unable to resist... Dracula captivates not through some dark power, but through almost magical stagecraft."
"...Henley-Cohn was spectacular as the agile, charismatic and darkly seductive Dracula. His embodiment was perfect. it's hard to do such an overdone character without it reading as blatant imitation, but he hit the perfect note."
"As usual in the Opera House's professionally cast productions, the acting is wonderful... Juri Henley-Cohn plays both Peter and flashback-Craig, somehow managing to rechisel his face when he changes character. His Peter quests nose-first for approval, then steps back out of reach. Craig is armored so tight Kelly can't get in. Did anyone?"
-The Ellsworth American
"Meet Avi Aviv (Juri Henley-Cohn), Amy's scene partner, a boiling-hot Israeli actor given to doing accents, both genders, and personal deceptions."
-Backstage (Critic's Pick)
"It's a dog-eat-dog world, and in Inventing Avi, the energetic farce by Robert Cary and Benjamin Feldman, the characters throw caution, moral fortitude, and just about everything else to the wind to get what they want... Avi, a hapless amoral chameleon, makes it all happen--at a price... Juri Henley-Cohn walks the fine, amoral line of Avi, a young handsome commodity who can adroitly deliver whatever the market needs."
"...abetted by a superb cast...who are consistently setting up -- and getting -- the laughs... involving her chameleonic scene partner (Juri Henley-Cohn)."
"Inventing Avi... is a farce that manages its cornucopia of twists and turns without the genre's requisite four doors which works just fine thanks to a cast of fine farceurs... Propelled by humor...the performances and the smartly timed and staged production do tickle the audience's funny bone."