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
 

Fishel Singer
 

S. was born on 4 September 1887 in Iasi, Romania.

His father was an innkeeper.

He learned in a cheder and took four classes in the city school.

At the age of thirteen he came to America and attended the Yiddish theatre, and he became enamored with the stage. At the age of seventeen he acted as an "amateur" in the role of "Shabtai golem" in Lateiner's "Farblonjete neshomes (Wandering Souls)".

Later S. became a prompter and wrote "lyrics" for the Yiddish vaudeville houses, among others the popular couplet "Yidl mitn fidl", ([geboyt] from an English text and motif), that was also sung in other languages. Afterwards he acted in vaudeville with Gabel, Nathan Goldberg, et al.

S. was director of the Monument National Theatre in Montreal (for two years), put together a troupe in Chelsea (two years), and a small theatre in Boston.

He also acted in the English vaudeville theatres and a [nantsn] season in the play "Toyrn tu thi reyt", after performing with the play across America.

 

In 1925 he acted with Molly Picon in the Second Avenue Theatre.

In 1926 again he was also on the English stage.

In 1927-8 he was with Gabel at the People's Theatre.

In 1929-30 he acted in Brooklyn's Hopkinson Theatre.

S. wrote several plays, of which "Dos gasn-meydl" was performed in the former Comedy Theatre in New York (Suffolk Street).


Sh. E.

  • B. Gorin -- "Di geshikhte fun idishn teater (The History of the Yiddish Theatre)", Vol. II, p. 270.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 792.
 

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