A year later he went over to the
troupe of Mishurat, then to Sabsey, Sharavner,
Spivakovski-Krause and Sam Adler, where he acted in
roles for Resinyor (sp), as he second lover and
1903-09 -- acted with Kompaneyets in
Warsaw's Muranov Theatre.
1909-12 -- again toured across
Russia, with the troupes of Zhitomirski, Sharavner,
and finally with Kompaneyets in Yekaterinoslav.
1912 -- returned to Poland, where he
acted in Kaminski's theatre as the first role
player, performing as "Gedalyahu" in Lateiner's
"Destruction of Jerusalem", and then in
Thomashefsky's "Di neshama fun mayn folk", in which
he now caught the attention of Warsaw's Jewish
theatre audience and hereupon became engaged to
Zandberg in Lodz's "Grand Theatre", in which he
performed besides the Yiddish operettas, the
European operettas such as "Eva", "Shonshanah di
tsnueh" et al.
In the first days of the World War,
he acted in the "Grand Theatre" (Direction: Adler-Serotsky),
then for a certain time in the Polish province.
1916 -- guest-starred in Warsaw's
Kaminski Theatre, where he directed Vaksman-Adler's
"Di shayne berta", and became engaged in the
newly--build Central Theatre, performing erefnung
in Osip Dymov's "Yoshke the Musician", then in I. L.
Wohlman's "Der shtroyener almn", and in a range of
European operettas, such as "Di tsardash-firshtin",
"Fashingsfee", "Gri-gri", "Di dolar-printesin", "Maydl-mark",
"Di kenigin fun der luft", et al.
The greatest portion of these
operettas was staged by M. in the theatre in which
there also acted the actresses of the German stage,
such as Pina Serbi, Mitzi Hoppe, Irena Velish and
Fritzi Arko, which existed until 1920, and the
productions of these European operettas in the
Yiddish tongue were from the interesting and
successful in history of Yiddish theatre in Poland.
1920 -- engaged for London, however
he didn't perform there and went to America, where
he arrived on 5 September 1920.
1920-21 season -- engaged in Boris
Thomashefsky's National Theatre and performed in "Di
tsardash-firshtin", "Shoshanah di tsnueh" and "Di
1921-22 season -- in the same
theatre, performed in the title role of "Der
vanderer" (with Rudolf Schildkraut), debuting in a
dramatic role. In the same season, he acted in the
operetta "Lebedik un fraylekh".
1922-24 -- engaged in Kessler's
Second Avenue Theatre (manager -- Joseph Edelstein),
where he directed and acted in the first roles in
"Kluge froyen" (adapted according to "Prof."
Horowitz, "Khokhems nisht"). Siegel-Rumshinsky's "Di
amerikaner rebetsin", L. Freiman's "Shtarker fun
libe" and Freiman-Rumshinsky's operetta "Di goldene
1924-26 -- engaged as a star in the
Liberty Theatre (manager: William Rolland), where he
directed and acted in the main roles in the
Freiman-Secunda operetta "Zise libe", S. H. Kon's
melodrama "Aleyn in der velt", S. H. Kon and Avraham
Naumov's "Nokhn shturt", Freiman-Secunda's operetta
"Studentn-libe", which was performed for twenty-two
weeks consecutively, the operetta "Der goldener
soldat", the melodrama "Libe iz shtarker fun gezets",
and completed the season with the staging of "Studentn-libe"
in Philadelphia's Yiddish theatre.
1926-28 -- manager (together with
Elias Glickman) in the Yiddish theatre in Chicago,
and there renewed the productions of the last season
in New York and staged Freiman's operettas
"Senorita" and "Der kavkazer khasun".
1928-29 -- engaged as a star in the
newly founded Brooklyn Rolland Theatre, where he
directed on 25 September 1928 L. Freiman-Sh.
Secunda's operetta "Dos lid fun libe", on 28
November 1928 Freiman-Secunda's "Der odeser khasun",
and on 21 December 1928 Freiman-Secunda's
"Senorita". The melodrama "Zayn farshpilte velt", 21
February 1929 William Siegel's "Hertser fargesn
nit", and several Goldfaden operettas.
Summer 1929 -- M. made a visit to
Europe and had in June given several guest
appearances in a Paris Yiddish theatre.
1929-30 -- star in New York's
National Theatre (manager -- Jacob Jacobs), where he
directed on 14 October 1929 and acted in the main
roles in Avraham Blum-Olshanetsky's "Di eyntsike
nakht", then -- Meir Schwartz-Olshanetsky's "Mazel
in libe", on 24 January 1930 -- Chaim Tauber's "Dos
goldene ringele", and completed the season with the
guest role in the greater provincial cities.
1930-31 -- manager in the Bronx's
Prospect Theatre, where he directed and acted in the
main role in Avraham Blum-Olshanetsky's "Zayn
letster tants", "Avraham Blum's "Ikh vil a kind",
and a melodrama "Der gedemedzshter man".
1931 -- began to direct (together
with Louis Goldberg) the New York Public Theatre,
which opened with Alexander Granach's derfolglozn
performance, soon thereafter M. was to direct
Freiman-Olshanetsky's operetta "Di dray farlibte",
but the theatre closed. M. toured in guest-roles
across the American province, and then he went to
guest-star in Argentina.
1932-33 -- engaged as a star in
Brooklyn's Rolland theatre, where he directed
Freiman-Rumshinsky's operetta "Dos lid fun israel",
William Siegel's melodrama "Der dank fun kinder",
and prepared Kalmanowitz-Rumshinsky's operetta
"Ven ikh bin raykh".
In the span of his acting in America,
M. also had various opportunities to perform as "Hershele
Dubrovner" in Gordin's "God, Man and Devil", as
"Hamlet" by Shakespeare, "Shloimke sharlatan" by
Gordin, and "Di bobe yakhne" by Goldfaden.
Gimel un bays -- Ver zaynen di
dray naye idishe aktyoren?, "Forward", N. Y., 1
Ab. Cahan -- Importirte operetes
un dramen far unzere hige theatere, "Forward",
N. Y., 1 October 1920.
M. Osherowitz -- Di troyerige
lebens-geshikhte fun dem lustigen komiker
mikhalesko, "Forward", N. Y., 11 March 1921.
M. Grim -- Der import fun eyrope,
"Fraye arbayter shtime", N. Y., 12 March 1921.
Jacob Kirschenbaum -- Mikhal
mikhalesko als filzaytiger shoyshpiler, "Rolland
Theatre Journal", N. Y., 1928.
Michal Michalesko -- Mayn
interesantster moment oyf der idisher bihne, "Der
tog", N. Y., 25 January 1929.
Spectator [N. Frank] -- Mikhal
mikhalesko als sinorita in "pali dramatik", "Parizer
haynt", 27 June 1929.
Norman J. Ginsburg -- "His First
Kiss" Charming Operetta, featuring Michal
Michalesko at Arch Street Theatre, 22 April
1931, Philadelphia, "Di idishe velt".
Anshel Schorr -- Blumen far
mikhal mikhalesko, "Idishe velt", Philadelphia,
24 April 1931.
Dr. L. Zhitnitsky -- "Der prints
fun libe", "Prese", Buenos Aires, 10 July 1932.
T. Beilin -- Notisn in
bamerkingen, "Prese", Buenos Aires, 15 July
Yankev Botoshansky -- M.
mikhaleskos mentshlekher shpil in an
immentshlekher melodrame, "Prese", Buenos Aires,
29 July 1932.
Y. B. [Botoshansky] -- Haynt der
apshikh ovnt fun m. mikhalesko in teater
argentine, "Prese", Buenos Aires, 23 August
T. Beilin -- Der aktyor in der
operete, "Prese", Buenos Aires, 11 August 1932.