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

1931-1967
 

Abe Hart
(Avraham Hecht)

Born on 5 September 1887 in Lodz, Poland.

His father was a lumber merchant, a musician and a non-professional prayer leader.

H. studied in cheders and in the [Vilker] Beit HaMedrash.

After his father's death he went to Germany, and from there to his brothers in England. There he found acting with the actors Esther and Moshe David Waxman, who took him in as a landsman.

He went into the chorus and took on small roles. His first performance on the stage was given in 1902 in the role of "Bgtn" in Goldfaden's "Ahasuerus."

Nine months later he went to Canada and performed in a troupe in Toronto.

In 1909 H. came to New York. At first he played in vaudeville, then three seasons at the Lyric Theatre, one-and-a-half seasons at the Liberty, single seasons in Cleveland, Montreal and at the Second Avenue Theatre, New York, later across the provinces. Also he later played at the Lenox and Lyric Theatre in New York.

In 1923 H. was in Newark, under Elving's direction.
 

 

In 1927-8 he was in Toronto.

In 1928-9 he was in the Casino Theatre in Philadelphia.

In 1929-30 he was in Chicago with Glickman.

H. also had, with breaks, acted for eighteen months in English vaudeville, and he participated in the film "Der guter samaritaner (The Good Samaritan)."


M. 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 586.
 

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