1920 S. was taken in as a professional into the troupe
that Itzhak Deytsh had put together for Kur-Platz
Mareinbad, and here he debuted as "Dr. Abram" in
Lateiner's "Khinke-Pinke" in a restaurant of David
Laytner. After playing there for three months, he
returned to Vienna, where he joined the "Fraye Yidishe
Folks-Biene," which had transformed into a stable,
Yiddish theatre. He also traveled with the theatre on a
tour across Romania (1921-22). After the dismissal of
the troupe, S. joined the Yiddish "Stefani" Theatre,
then he traveled around with Stromer's troupe across the
Czech Republic. In 1923-24 he played in Budapest and
then returned to Vienna.
Turkow writes about him:
"Ben-Zion Sigal falls into the category of useful actors
on the Yiddish stage. He had a huge love for Yiddish
theatre, and it is a serious matter to be regrettable.
He was an intelligent man, very educated, and also was
well-versed in political matters. Therefore they indeed
had called him 'The Politico (Der poitker).' Sigal,
however, had a passion that had hindered him a lot in
his theatre activities: Besides chess, which he gladly
played, he however had more love for cards. His entire
free time he filled with card-playing, from which he had
a hard time breaking away from.
actor he excelled in an entire series of roles. He did
not have any special mention. He had played everything.
When someone from the troupe was sick, he immediately
took the role, and sometimes it was impossible to tell
whether he was acting, or if it was the other actor, who
had become sick. Sigal was a specialist in copying, and
especially excelled in copying the great Yiddish actor
Yona Reizman. He had copied him with every detail, to
the smallest nuances.
Nazis took over the rule in Vienna, Ben-Zion Sigal,
together with his wife [the actress] Rukhl (Rachel)
Weissberg and their two children, fled to
Czechoslovakia. From there they were deported to
Lemberg, from where they made their last tour--in the
gas chambers of Belzec.
His brother, Dr. David, living in New York.
"Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre,"
Warsaw, 1934, Vol. II, pp. 1469-1470.
Jonas Turkow -- "Extinguished Stars," Buenos Aires,
1953, Vol. 2, pp. 205-210.