Lives in the Yiddish Theatre
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"

1931-1969
 

Benny Adler

 

A. was born in 1886 in Galatz (Galaţi), Rumania.

His parents were crop exporters. Trying to save on the costs of his studies, his father sent him not to the Rumanian, but to the Greek school.

When he was thirteen years of age he settled in with his parents in an actors home, and they took him into the theatre to act in children's roles. The actors spoke to him, [telling him] that he could become an actor, because he had demonstrated abilities. He traveled to London, where he became a declamator.

In 1901 A. came to America, where he also performed as a declamator, and he was included in the  "Progressive Dramatic Club", where he participated in the first production of Sholem Aleichem's "Tsezeyt un tseshpreyt". As a professional actor he later acted in various troupes and staged  Peretz Hirshbein's "Dos farvorfene vinkl" in Montreal. In 1928 he acted in the Second Avenue Theatre in dramatic repertoire, as well as in Vienna and in Poland. In 1929-30 he was in Chicago's Lawndale Theatre.

Specialty: Dramatic acting.
 

Sh. E.

 


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 10.
 

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