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
 

R. Marsalow
(Reuven Mandelboym)
 

 

M. was born on 26 November 1896 in Warsaw, Poland. His grandfather was a rabbi, his father a lumber merchant, a Chasid, a Kabbalist. He learned in cheders and yeshivas, and [bngbh] secular studies. First after his mother's passing (1921), M. was introduced into an adjoining coffee house with a group of "amateurs", for whom he prompted for a play.

In 1913 he became a professional actor and prompter in the provincial troupe under the direction of Reyf, with whom he toured for two years. In 1915-16 he was engaged in Warsaw's "Venus" Theatre (Dir.: H. Zlotshevsky). In 1917-18 he toured across Poland as an actor and prompter with Hymie and Anna Jacobovitsh. In 1919-20 he was with a member's troupe. In 1921-22 he was an association representative in Vilna troupes. In 1923 he was with Molly Picon in Warsaw, where he remained to work in the years 1924-27 in various Yiddish troupes. In 1928 he was in a tour with Lidia Potocka and since 1929 again in Warsaw. From 1927-31 M. was a management secretary for the Yiddish Artists Union in Poland.

M. had given to be published a range of acted plays from various authors (without their consent or knowledge). Two of those plays: [L. Freiman and S. H. Kon's] "Tsipke feyer", a comedy in 4 acts with singing (Warsaw 1925) and [William Siegel's] "Vu zeynen meyne kinder?", a melodrama in 4 acts (Warsaw 1926), were, without the name of the author, published under his name as editor).


M. E.

  • Z. Zylbercweig --  A suf tsu der hfkrut: "Chicago", Chicago, July 1931.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1258.
You can also read R. Marsalow's amended biography in Volume 5 of the Lexicon by clicking here.
 

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