Playing for a year across
the Yiddish radio the title role of L. Freiman's radio
drama, "Di shvartse mame," she later performed on
weekends in New York, and across the province in the
title role in the stage form of "Di shvartse mame."
About S.'s playing the tile
role of "Di shvartse mame," there are some opposite
opinions by the critics. When B.Y. Goldstein made
adjustments about two plays with the same theme: the
Yiddish of L. Freiman, and the English of Miss Dorothy
Heyward's cooperation with Dubozay, he writes about S.'s
"Miss Stein tore
the floor up of the National Theatre under herself with her
shyness and weeping... With Stein we are able to
compliment her on her makeup, for her commitment, and for
her primitive goodness, which shines out of her
Dr. Jacob Kirshenbaum
"..In the melodrama the
young actress Gitel Stein is in the main role of
'Mamie,' the black mother. She played this role
faithfully, as one of the best actresses. She doesn't weep,
doesn't put on airs, doesn't look to overact, and it is
possible to condemn the measured and not overused stage direction of the director and
main role player of theatre, Julius Nathanson."
Then she continued to play
across the province with various troupes, until she went
over, under her maiden name, to Miami, where together
with her husband, Leon Schechter, she played for fifteen
years with a Yiddish-English vaudeville theatre, in
which she participated in Yiddish sketches.
S. also participated in the
film, "Catskill Honeymoon."
-- "David and Ester in National Theatre,"
"Morning Journal," 28 Oct. 1938.
J. Kirshenbaum --
"Di shvartse mame," "Morning Journal," N.Y., 25
B.Y Goldstein --
Tsvey teater-tragedies mit tsvey shvartse mames,
"Der tog," N.Y., 5 February 1939.