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
 

Sonia Ariel
(Bezman)

 

A. was born on 4 January 1892 in Lodz, Poland.

Her parents were the owners of a restaurant where Yiddish actors used to meet.

She learned privately.

At the age of fourteen she was taken by actors to Odessa to Fishzon and put into the chorus.  There she was for several months until the troupe came to Yekaterinoslav, where she had her father, who didn't want her leave "with his actors", and she was sent home. In Lodz she went into the chorus of Kaminski, and from then she again went around with various troupes as a chorus singer, and when in Odessa with Kaminski the actor Naroslavska became sick, A. performed in the role of "Heyse babkelekh" in "Koldunye".

Since 1913 she began acting as a soubrette as Lebedeff's partner in Zandberg's Lodz Grand Theatre. During the war, she acted under the name of Sonia Bezman, in Russia in the troupes of her husband, Iser Bezman and of Bezman-Young, and since 1925, she returned to Lodz and entered into the local member troupe.


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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 96.
There is also an amended biography of Sonia Ariel in the Lexicon's Volume 5, in its memorial volume.
 

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