Sammy and “Le Grand Buffet”
A Review from our New York Fringe Festival Run:
"A charming children’s show about an American clown in Paris . . . Taking its name from an Indian word for “joy,” the Swiss-American Piti Theatre Company’s aim is simple: to delight audiences and artists alike . . . Piti lives up to this mission, as its clownish protagonist conquers clumsiness and language barriers to make us smile . . . Sammy thrives on audience interaction . . . it’s refreshing to have a space where youthful silliness and self-expression can run free." – Theatre is Easy
“Jonathan Mirin delighted our young audience with Sammy and Le Grand Buffet. It was wonderful to see children engage with him onstage, and learn a little French as a bonus!” - Shannon Mayers, Director, Redfern Arts Center, Keene, NH
"Jonathan Mirin brings a unique approach to theater, mixing storytelling with clowning, juggling and lots of foolishness meant to entertain children of all ages . . . part of the charm is the pure joy he expresses throughout and the gentle kindness with which he engages the children . . ." - Ellen Blanchette, Montague Reporter
“ . . . engaged children and had them up on their feet dancing and participating. A great take for young kids and families alike.” - Danielle Olsen, Summer in the City Producer, Cambridge Arts Council
"I loved the show and thought your performance was grand . . . totally charming." - Carmela Lanza-Weil, Producer, Fabulous February Fringe Festival
An American in Paris, Sammy is woken by a phone call from his boss who asks that he get to work preparing the restaurant for the evening's Grand Buffet. He does his best to follow the list of instructions but . . . it's not easy being Sammy. Forty magic, music and accident-filled minutes later, two audience members are invited onstage to partake of the Grand Buffet served by our hero.
Running Time: 45 minutes
Minimum set-up time (for festivals): 15 minutes
Combine Sammy with Clowning Workshops!
"Jonathan offered two clowning workshops to our ensemble of young actors ages 8-18. I think all people, young and old, experienced and novice should take a clowning class with Jonathan Mirin. While offering a structured class, he knows how to unlock that sense of pure play and the results are amazing." - Suzanne Rubinstein, Director, Young Shakespeare Players East
Critics respond to Jonathan's previous two solo performances
Riding the Wave.com (Nominated twice for "Best Solo Show" by the Independent Reviewers of New England)
“There are very funny moments in Riding the Wave.com. Mirin is a performer with energy to burn.” – Kwesi Cameron, NyTheatre.com
“A manic primer on the old saws of investing…” – Danny Hakin, “For a Reformed Wavoid, the Play’s the Thing”, The New York Times
“Jonathan Mirin has written a play for our time…could be Silicon Valley’s poet laureate.” – Mike Cassidy, “Playwright Brings Stock Plight to Stage”, San Jose Mercury News
“Mirin manages to find comedy in his struggle as he bounces between 20 different characters during this celebrated hourlong production.”
- Boston Magazine, “7 Events Worth Your Time This Month”
"There's nothing funny about chronic illness....yet a little bit of laughter might just be a dose of the best medicine. Operating within the boundaries defined by those two sentiments is Jonathan Mirin, armed with his poignant and very funny one-man show."
- Jon Potter, Brattleboro Reformer