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
 

Sh. Barber
(Shmuel Berber)

 

B. was born in 1881 in Lask, near Lodz, Poland. His father was a musician. He learned in a cheder. In 1892 he traveled with his father to America, spent two years there, and during that span of time learned in school. He returned in 1894 to Lodz where he began to become acquainted with Yiddish and Russian literature, and he became a professional musician.

In 1903 B. traveled to Lodz and there in 1910 became known to the director of the music hall, the actors Sherman and Axelrad, and they had him write two- and three-act sketches.

In 1911in London's Pavilion Theatre there was staged B.'s drama "Der moderner shylok" (later staged by Vaksman in Lodz under the name of "Der poylisher yid"). In 1912 there was staged by Fannie Blumental in the Pavilion Theatre his four-act drama "Der sud fun a froy". In 1913 there was staged by Joseph Kessler in London's Empire Theatre B.'s melodrama "Di frukht fun zind". During the same time there was staged by Jacob Silbert and Esther Wallerstein the drama "Di nekama fun a froy" (later performed by Amelia Adler and Meerson in Lodz's Grand Theatre), in 1914 -- with Joseph Kessler and Dina Feinman the "problem-drama" "Di kraft fun itsr-hre" (later performed by Julius Adler in Lodz's Grand Theatre).

In 1915 there was staged (with Fannie Blumental and Y. Sherman) in London's Lyric Theatre B.'s melodrama "Di mlkhmh krbnut".

 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 128.
 

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