The brochure, which Zalmen
Reyzen noted in his "Lexicon" that most of the time was
in error, was a comedy(?), and is the first Hebrew
brochure about Yiddish theatre. In the critiqued the
author Goldfaden's modern plays, and expressed his
satisfaction only with Goldfaden's historical operettas.
He portrays the former Yiddish theatre "Buff" in Warsaw,
and also reviews an offering of "Shulamis", then he
talked about the melodrama "Der betler", which Jacob P.
Adler had performed, and praised the actor Tantsman for
his performance in "Uriel Acosta". The author also cited
a review from the newspaper "Hatsfirah", about the
offering of Goldfaden's "Ahasuerus". He critiques
Shomer's "Der protesentik" and "Der treyfniak",
forvarfndik that they included in himself(?): a
threat from material from the anti-Semitic press and
praised Dr. Shlomo Ettinger's "Serkele", which he
recommended to perform.
Leo Wiener in his "History
of the Yiddish Literature in the Nineteenth Century"
lists "A sht kheyl", a historical issue in four acts and
six scenes, Warsaw, 1890, 80 pp., 16°, and "Di
oyferzikhtike froy", or Diershte kekhin, a scene of
family life, Warsaw, 1893, 31 pp, 16°.
In "Hoyzfreynd" (I, 1894),
there was published N.'s dramatic skit "Beym rb in shtub",
and an article about Yiddish theatre in which he says
his viewpoint in short, which he had expressed in his
In 1910 in Vilna, there was
published "Elilt-dm in Yerushalayim, a theatre
production in four acts and five scenes from Yehoshua
HaLevi Mezakh" [48 pp., 16°], on the inveynikstn
front cover, there was printed: Publisher Zalmen Mezach
M. also published several
Hebrew plays. B. Gorin characterizes all of the printed
comedies in three acts, "Di A?ferzikhtike froy", which
is probably a Yiddish translation of M.'s Hebrew story
in dramatic form "Elilt shua au asht knaut"
The last twenty-five years
of his life was spent by M. in Vilna, where he passed
away on 12 February 1917.
Z. Reyzen -- "Lexicon of
Yiddish Literature", Vol. II, pp. 366-374.
B. Gorin -- "History of
Yiddish Theatre", Vol. II, p. 269.
Rbi -- Ktsi [Y. Kh.
Ravnitsky] -- Di ney-zhargonishe literatur, "Di
idishe folks-bibliotek", Kiev, 1888, pp. 303, 304.
Leo Weiner -- "The
History of Yiddish Literature in the Ninetenth
Century", N. Y., 1899, pp. 372.