Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
Born on 29 January 1877 in
Lodz, Poland. His parents were weavers. He learned in a
cheder. Through his brother, a choirboy in the old
German synagogue, he being "older," was taken into the
new German synagogue when it was built.
At the age of ten he was
taken onto the Yiddish stage by Avraham Goldfaden when
he arrived to play in Lodz. Here S. debuted in the
couplet, "Heyse bobkelekh," then he performed in a
series of children's roles in the local Zelin's Garden
and played children's roles with Shliferstein when he
came to Lodz.
In 1900 he arrived with his
parents in America, where he attended public and night
school and began to perform with amateurs. Heine-Chaimowitz
soon took him into his troupe. Then he played in various
vaudeville houses and traveled to Chicago, where he
began to play with Glickman in the Lyceum Theatre. Here
a fire broke out in another theatre, and according to a
decree created for all theatres, S. traveled back to New
York and was taken in as a buff comic for Adler in the
Grand Theatre. Elias Glickman engaged him again for his
theatre in Chicago, where S. played for eighteen years
as a character actor, then two years as director in the
Empire Theatre. In 1926 he came to Los Angeles and
played in the Capitol Theatre with the troupe of Jacob
Goldstein and Morris Nestor but then he returned to
Chicago, where he again acted and was connected with
Adolph Gertner in the Federal Theatre, and he had to
due to illness, from which
he passed away on 17 June 1942.
In an article about him (in
1926) it was said:
"His stage experience shows
in every role in which he played. A genuine knowledge of
stage technique is apparent, and a good eyngeibter
control over his nice temperament. In the beginning we
thought that Schoenholtz had taken on the way of
conspicuous colors and reshdikn acting, but his
later roles had already displayed more eyngehaltnkeyt
and tact, and just there when Schoengold is still, where
he adds more weight to the thin shtrichn of his
role, where the thinks about the shadowy corners of the
character, [and] there he is at his best. Then he
manages to supplement the type that he shtelt mit
zikh far and he also left over a hibshn
impression. A good bayshpil in the role, that he had
played in Z. Libin's play, 'Der ibriker mentsh.' Not
only had he acted well, Chaim Yona.' He also gave many
of his own shtrichn to the character. Es hot zikh
bakumen a fargentster impression of a heymishn la-yultslkh-yidl
...Schoenholtz had strongly oysgenumen with his original
haltung, with the eynbegoyrenem gang zaynem and
especially with the very eyndruksfuln shveygn...
A second good bayshpil
was the role in Leon Kobrin's 'Tsurik tsu zayn folk'; also
here he acted in a fine oysgehaltnkeyt."
Dovid shenholtz kharacter shoishpiler fun
kepital teater, "Kalifornye yidishe shtime," Los
Angeles, 11 December 1926.
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 4, page 2899.
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