Top from left: Jacob
Bleifer, Wolfe Barzell, Jacob Bergreen, Judah Bleich,
Victor Packer, Joseph Green.
Second row: Clara
Langsner, Miriam Bleich, Clara Packer, Rudolph
Schildkraut, Bella Nadel, David Sokolovsky, Simeon
Ruskin. Children's names unknown.
Sitting: Leon Hoffman,
Ossip Dymov, Boris Aronson.
Others in this
production include Wolf Asenberg; Whitman Hilshin
(sp); Betty Levine; Clara Lipow; Vera Lebedeff;
Clara Miller; Rose Stulman (sp); Joseph
Warshawsky; Miriam Zabova.
transliteration of the English title is "Bronks
ekspres". Set and costumes by Boris Aronson.
"The Bronx Express" is a
comedy in three acts by Ossip Dymov, staged by
Rudolph Schildkraut and Mr. Dymov; produced by the
Schildkraut Dramatic Society at the Schildkraut
According to a September
30, 1925 review in the New York Evening Post of the
"Bronx aspirants to the
creation of an American intimate theatre modeled
after Max Reinhardt's Kammerspiele in Berlin and
August Strindberg's Kammerspielein Stockholm
selected as their first vehicle. Ossip Dymov's
rollicking satire called 'The Bronx Express' and
produced it to capital fashion last night at the
tiny new Schildkraut Theatre.
adequately enough, is just at the foot of the 180th
street station, the last stop on the Bronx Park
division of the very Bronx Express so happily
immortalized in the Dymov play.
There may have been
plays especially written for production in certain
playhouses, but the Schildkraut may claim the
distinction of being the first theatre built
especially for a certain play.
Be it coincidental or
otherwise, the fact remains that a group of young,
ambitious and enthusiastic folks succeeded in
presenting a highly diverting interpretation of the
play which several seasons ago graced the boards of
the Yiddish Art Theatre and then graduated to the
Victor Packer, John Bleifer and Rudolph
Schildkraut, with Vera Lebedeff.
From left: Victor Packer, Jacob Bleifer,
Vera Lebedeff, Rudolph Schildkraut,
Clara Packer, Miriam Bleich, Clara
Langsner, David Sokolovsky, Simeon
Ruskin, Jacob Bergreen. Child unknown.
Rudolph Schildkraut, the
veteran player of two continents and mentor of the
Schildkraut Dramatic Society, achieved a real
triumph in his portrayal of the old buttonhole maker
whose adventures in the mythical land peopled by
Smith Brothers, Murad, Nestle, Pluto, Aunt Jemima,
Wrigley and Arrow provide him with the opportunities
for numerous observations on advertising, capital,
labor, love and transportation.
It is difficult to
select any other outstanding member of the cast
because all were excellent. Mention might be made,
however, of the work of Judah Bleich as a doddering
old rabbi and of Vera Lebedeff as the dashing siren
who leads the buttonhole worker into temptation.
The scenery and costumes
were designed by B. Aronson and the incidental music
by Vladmir Heifetz."