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Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre
BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE WHO WERE ONCE INVOLVED IN THE Yiddish THEATRE;
aS FEATURED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S  "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"


VOLUME 5: THE KDOYSHIM (MARTYRS) EDITION, 1967, Mexico City

 


 

R. Marsalow
(Reuben Mandelboym)
 

M. was born on 25 November 1896 in Warsaw, Poland. His grandfather was a rabbi, his father a lumber merchant, a Chasid, a Kabbalist. He learned in cheders and yeshivas, and bngbh secular studies. First after his mother's passing (1921), M. was introduced in a adjoining coffee house to a group of "amateurs," for whom he prompted for a play.

In 1913 he became a professional actor and prompter in the provincial troupe under the direction of Reyf, with whom he toured for two years. In 1915-16 he was engaged in Warsaw's "Venus" Theatre (Dir.: H. Zlotshevsky). In 1917-18 he toured across Poland as an actor and prompter with Hymie and Anna Jacobovitsh. In 1919-20 he was with a member's troupe. In 1921-22 he was an association representative in Vilna troupes. In 1923 he was with Molly Picon in Warsaw, where he remained to work in the years 1924-27 in various Yiddish troupes. In 1928 he was in a tour with Lidia Potocka and since 1929 again in Warsaw. From 1927-31 M. was a management secretary for the Yiddish Artists' Union in Poland.

M. gave to be published a range of acted plays from various authors (without their consent or knowledge). Two of those plays: [L. Freiman and S.H. Kon's] "Tsipke feyer", a comedy in 4 acts with singing (Warsaw 1925) and [William Siegel's] "Vu zaynen meyne kinder?", a melodrama in 4 acts (Warsaw 1926), were, without the name of the author, published under his name as editor.

 


 According to Meir Melman M. was killed by the Nazis in the Warsaw Ghetto.
 

Sh. E. from Meir Melman.

  • "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre," Warsaw, 1934, Vol. 2, p. 1258.

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 5, page 4027.
You can also read R. Marsalow's initial biography in Volume 2 of the Lexicon by clicking here.
 

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