Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
S. was born in 1885 in
Odessa, Ukraine. His father was a teacher of Russian and
Hebrew. In 1891, together with his family, he came to
America, and due to his relations he became a choir
Cantor Yeruchem Hktn and afterwards with other cantors.
At the age of eleven he
acted in Lateiner's "Alexksander der kroynfrints"
and devloped a deep yearning for the stage.
After finishing school his
father urged him to become a businessman, but S. already
was a frequent visitor to the Yiddish theatre, and he
put together (at the age of sixteen) an "amateur" group
and was taken with the Yiddish theatre. Thanks to
his business sense, S. soon became the manager of the
amateur troupe. When during a production in a Yiddish
vaudeville theatre of a [farkirtsung] of Jacob Gordin's
"Der mumser", he fell into the role of "Dvornik", S.
acted in the role and since then remained a professional
In October 1903, S. became a
member of the Actor's Union Local 5. In 1907 he was
engaged in an English vaudeville theatre and had in the
span of several years wandered from the English to
Yiddish vaudeville and back.
In 1912 he became director
and proprietor of a Yiddish theatre in Newark (Sincoff's
Metropolitan Theatre), where he acted for four years in
the legitimate Yiddish theatre.
In 1916 he bought the
theatre and switched over to the English stage. Five
years later, he returned to the Yiddish stage and
was one of the active members in the Yiddish Actor's
Union, where he also was for several years a member
of the Executive Board.
From 1926-30, he acted
as a character-comic in New York's Public Theatre.
In 1930-31 he was at
Chicago's Lawndale Theatre, and in 1931 also English
in the comedy "East of Broadway".
In 1932 for a short time
was again in the Yiddish theatre.
In 1928 he was in New
York to celebrate his twenty-fifth stage jubilee.
In 1932 he acted in the
talkie "Uncle Moses" by Sholem Asch.
S. for several years
presided over the Yiddish Theatrical Alliance and
was a member in the publishing committee for the
"Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre".
Y. K. (Jacob
Kirschenbaum) -- 25th
Anniversary Stage Jubilee for Abe Sincoff, "Morning
N. Y., 2 March 1928.
Abe Sincoff -- Meyne
interesantste momenten oyf der bine, "Tog", N. Y., 1
[---] -- Yiddish
Theatrical Alliance, "Forward", N. Y., 25 October
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 2, page 1494.
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