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
 

David Moshe Sabsey
 

 

S. was born in 18... in Kherson, Ukraine. His father was a sexton. S.'s name was Moshe. In order to avoid military service, he also took his younger brother's name David.

S. began as a cellar singer.

R. Granovsky wrote in his memoir:
"Spivakvsky had also [es handlt zikh] about I. I. Linietsky] that each time he was invited into a wine cellar and sang "Kumt, vet or zen vi yidishe talantn vern farloyrn". In wine cellars there came out a company of dancers, to perform and sing with [tsugetshepete berdlekh], with [shtreymlekh], and they sang and danced. Afterwards they went around with a plate in order to compile money. Spivakovski had tears in the eyes, and laid down five rubles on the plate. Among the singers and comics there was the late well-known artist Sabsey..."

In 1880 S. entered into Naftali Goldfaden's troupe and after the ban on Yiddish theatre, he again became a cellar singer. Later he performed with various Yiddish troupes, and in 1886 he was, due to a denunciation, he was arrested in the troupe of Yekutiel Margoles. He then wandered across Galicia, where he acted under the direction of Herman Veynberg, often in bards and [aksnyut].
 

 
By himself he was an intelligent and handsome man, he later had with his wife and brother-in-law, the actor Aaron Lager, founded their own itinerant troupe across Russia, which was very popular.

In 1904 he issued in Odessa "D. M. Sabsey, songs and couplets, published and [eygenthum fun bukhandlung] brothers Bletnitsky in Odessa". In


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1432.
 

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