Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
B. was born on 24 November
1876 in Warsaw, Poland. His parents were small dealers.
He completed a city school and a two-class real school.
As a child he sang in the German choral school and with the chief cantor Vays.
Beyvoynendik a home production
of Goldfaden's "Nye be, nye me" -- he performed for
Rothstein and friends, and from this B. became so
excited that the next day he brought together children and
studied one of the plays with them one of the plays, which they staged
later during a wedding.
A short time later B. sang
in the children's chorus of a production of Adler as a
chorus singer in a Polish operetta theatre. In 1892 B.
performed in David Shvartbard's troupe as "Yosef" in
"Joseph with his Brothers". After acting for a short
time in Lodz and Warsaw, he crossed over to second comic
roles. In 1902 B. acted in Gimpel's troupe, and during a
contest in Stanislawow he became in time for three
months the second cantor in the synagogue.
Traveling out to Vienna, he
entered into Edelhofer's troupe, gave up his plan to
become a cantor, and he wandered off with Yiddish
troupes across Galicia, Hungary, Bukovina, Romania,
Germany and Belgium. In1907 B. became engaged in
Budapest by Agid for his vaudeville house in New York,
and here he soon became a member of Local 3. B. later
acted in Chicago and across the province of the United
States' cities and Canada.
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 1, page 197.
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