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