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
 

Gustav Goldstein

 

G. was born in 1884 in Iasi, Rumania. His father was a housepainter. From his early youth he had a desire to compose songs, and at the age of thirteen he participated in an amateur offering of Hurwitz's Krbn beyram", that G.'s friend, the actor Avraham Zilberman, had studied. A year later he participated as "Abindb" in the Shulamit offering by the guest-starring troupe under the direction of Philip Weisenfreund, then with Treitler as "Di kishufmakherin" in the play 'Yona hnbya".

At the age of fifteen G. fled to Czernowitz, where he went around, singing songs at inns, singing at circumcisions (brisses), composing several songs and "programs". He traveled from there to Paris, where he acted from time to time in Yiddish productions, and then he came to America, where he entered into Local 5, acted for several years in Yiddish vaudeville, then legitimate theatre with the Silberts, again in vaudeville, then legitimate theatre with the Hollanders, with Mike Thomashefsky and in the province, and in 1928-9 in the Prospect Theatre with Nathan Goldberg.

G. wrote songs and couplets to which he also composed music by himself. As to his popular songs (of which many were published) there were heard: "Der yold iz mikh mkna, "Di mlkhmh", "Helft di mlkhmh-krbnut", "Der klukmeyker vet zign" and "Ikh for aheym".


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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 377.
 

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