On November 16, 1917, under the direction of
Z. Weintraub, there was presented "Joy and Song", at
the Liberty Theatre.
On January 11, 1918, Max Gebel presented "Life's
Borders", a four act play, which was written by
Shlomo Steinberg and himself, in the "Young
Philadelphia Theatre" The lyrics and music were by
Lillian and D. Meyerwitsh, who were the actual first
Jewish piece-writers in the legitimate Jewish
theatre. He was first recognized for his "A Friend
in Life"' a family drama in 4 acts (Levit B. Green-
adapted from Herman's "Songs"), which Maurice
Schwartz had presented on April 1, 1918, in New
York's "Second Avenue Theatre". The same play on
December 20, 1918, was presented in "Phillip's
Theatre" by David Kessler. Years later it was
included in the wonderful plays in a repertoire of
On May 10, 1918, in the Lyric Theatre, M. Wilinsky
presented " Two Friends or Again from the Trenches"
a portrait of life in 4 acts by Sam Steinberg.
On October 18, 1918, David Kessler directed Sam
Steinberg's "God of my Love", a family drama, music
by Herman Wohl, and lyrics from Gilrod and
Meyerwitsh, at the Lenox Theatre. The play was also
presented at the same time by Doshikov Kahan in the
On May 2, 1919 Max Gebel presented "What Every Girl
Needs to Know" in his theatre, a portrait of life in
On February 20, 1920, Max Rosenthal directed Sam
Steinberg's "His Brother's Wife", in the People's
Theatre, a melodrama in 4 acts.
On May 1, 1920, Sam Steinberg's "As Girls Live" was
presented in People's Theatre, a romantic musical
comedy drama, with music by Louis Freidsel.
On November 12, 1920, Z. Weintraub presented Sam
Steinberg's "Married Life ", in the Liberty Theatre,
a portrait of life in 4 acts, with music by Herman
In 1921, Sam Steinberg's play "Blind Women" was
presented, in the Lenox Theatre.
On September 1, 1922, Sam Steinberg's play "The
Righteous Way"" was presented in Hopkinson Theatre.
On December 15, 1922, Max Gabel directed Sam
Steinberg's play "The Missing Heart ", in Gabel's
116 Street Theatre, an operetta in 3 acts, with
music by Louis Freidsel. The actors were: Ethel from
Jenny Goldstein, Regina Prager and William Schwartz.
On December 28, 1922, Sam Steinberg's and William
Segal's play "The Forgetful Mothers", was presented
in the in Lenox Theatre. This was the debut of Rosa
Goldberg, who starred in it. It was also a success
in Philadelphia in October 1929, when it starred
On November 9, 1923, Ezra Adler presented Sam
Steinberg's and Segal's play "Kidnapped Children""
in People's Theatre, a dramatic comedy in 4 acts,
with music by Perlmutter and Brody.
On April 30, 1923, Sam Steinberg presented his "Chaika
in Seventh Heaven" in Gabel's 116 Street Theatre, a
musical comedy in 3 acts, music by Joseph Tanzman.
Clara Yung starred in it.
On September 11, 1923, Hollander directed Sam
Steinberg's "The Wild Beggar" in Hopkinson Theatre,
a comedy in 3 acts, with music arranged by Grechtman.
In the twentieth year in America, Sam Steinberg
presented his play "Lover of Nature" lyrics by
Israel Rosenberg (famous for his play "Stone
On September 20, 1923, Sam Steinberg's "Everything
for a Mother", a four-act play was presented in the
On November 16, 1923, Isidor Hollander presented Sam
Steinberg's "In the Name of God", In the Hopkinson
Theatre, a drama in 3 acts, with music by Sholom
Secunda. On April 17, 1926, it was also presented by
Sam Steinberg, in the Irving Place Theatre, with the
participation of Ludwig Satz.
During the season of 1924-5, there was presented
(with the participation of Lebedeff and Leon Blank)
Sam Steinberg's and Rosenberg's "The Rabbi's Desire"
was presented in the Parkway Theatre, lyrics by
Rosenberg and music by Sholom Secunda.
On January 15, 1926, Michael Michalesko presented
Sam Steinberg's "A Lesson in Love" in the Liberty
Theatre, a musical comedy in 3 acts, with lyrics by
Joseph Tanzman and music by A. Olshanetsky.
On February 19, 1926, Michael Michalesko presented
Sam Steinberg's "For his Child", in the Liberty
Theatre, with music by A. Olshanetsky.
On September 10, 1926, Max Gabel presented Sam
Steinberg's "A Woman of the World" in the Peoples
Theatre, a melodrama in 4 acts.
On February 4, 1927, Joseph Kessler presented Sam
Steinberg's "Bride and Groom, Mazel Tov", in the
McKinley Theatre, an operetta, music by A.
On April 16, 1927, Shlomo Steinberg's and A. Niger's
"A Scandal on Shabbos" was presented in the
Hopkinson Theatre, music by Yudel Belzer. It starred
Nellie Casman. Later on, it was very successfully
presented all over the world, and again starring
On November 4, 1927, Max Gabel presented Steinberg's
"Her Mother's Wedding Dress" in the Gabel's Peoples
Theatre, a melodrama in 4 acts.
On March 2, 1948, Leon Blank and Annie Meltzer
produced Sam Steinberg's "His First Wife" was
presented in the Liberty Theatre, a comedy-drama,
with music by Shalom Secunda.
On March 9, 1928,
Nellie Casman performed in Sam Steinberg's "Broadway
by Night", in the McKinley Theatre.
In June, 1929, Steinberg and his wife, the actress
Nellie Casman traveled to Argentina and there, "The
Agreement" in the Argentina Theatre in Buenos Aires,
was quite successfully produced. In July 1929, his
play "The Wife" was produced (music by Yedilah
Belzer). From there they traveled to Western Europe
where they produced the memorable play with great
On March 28, 1930, the same play, with music by
Shalom Secunda, with actors Misha and Lucy German,
in the Roland Theatre.
In November, 1930, Shlomo Steinberg's presented "A
Wife with my Mother", starring Nellie Casman, a
comedy in 3 acts.
In 1932, Steinberg and Nellie Casman again went on a
tour to Western and Eastern Europe. His plays were
presented successfully in England, Rumania and
In 1934-5, Julius Gottenson presented Sam
Steinberg's "The Little Thief", which was on stage
for a long time in New York, and later played in
other theatres, in other states and in Argentina.
In December 1935, Sam Steinberg's "A Wife for a Day"
was presented in the Lyric Theatre (it stared Max
Wilner, Misha Fishzon, Isidor and Anna Hollander).
Afterwards it played a long time in different
theatres. In March 1937, it was presented in Buenos
Aires, Argentina, with the guest stars Hymie Frizant
and Sylvia Fishman.
In August 1936, Morris Nozikoz, presented Sam
Steinberg's "Minka from Broadway" in the Metra
Theatre, with guest stars.
On February 12, 1937, Menasha Skulnik directed "The
Galitzianer Solution", an operetta (music by
Rumshinsky) in the Folks Theatre, New York He also
stared in it and Sam Steinberg and Louis Freiman
also acted in it. Afterwards Skulnik played in it in
other countries and cities.
In December 1937, Sam Steinberg's "The Crazy World"
was presented in the Parkway Theatre.
On December 31 1937, Nellie Casman starred in Sam
Steinberg's play "The Jolly Singers" in the Roxbury
As is written in his autobiography, he had then
already written many notable plays, which had
already been presented: "A Mother's Worries" (Lipson
Theatre), "When a Man Falls in Love" (Gordon
Theatre), "A Girl with Three Grooms" (Hopkinson
Theatre), "Practical Women" (Lenox Theatre), "The
Foolish Man" (with Leon Blank in the Liberty
Theatre), "The Fashion Lesson" (Plaza Theatre), "
The Golden Time" (Metropolitan Theatre in New York )
and "Jews Come to Zion" (First Street Theatre in
It is important to note that surely sometimes the
plays were listed here can be found under different
names. They were also known by the actors or
troupes, which participated in them.
Once the best part of a play by Steinberg, was not
printed in the manuscript and then found by his
Steinberg was also a character actor, and had
possibilities to act with David Kessler, Leon Blank,
Jacob P. Adler, Boris Thomashefsky, Keni Lipzin,
Sara Adler, Clara Yung, and many years later in Max
On July 1, 1938, Steinberg died in New York and thus
left the Jewish Theatrical world forever.
Jacob Mestel wrote about how famous Steinberg was:
"As a man who acted in his youth with the play
writer Shlomo Steinberg, and gained much from him,
who was led gradually by the great stars..."
Steinberg was asked in Argentina: "What caused you
to become a play-writer?":
"I cannot say, but I always wanted to do something
positive for the world. If it is possible to say,
because I was a play-writer, with the technical
knowledge, I felt the theatre should bring all the
wonderful things in the world to people".
B. Gorin - "History of the
Yiddish Theatre", Vol. II, p. 282.
D.B .(Sh. Janovsky) In
the theatre "Fraye arbayter shtime", New York, February , 1938.
Israel the Yankee (I. J.
Friedman) Ferladene Yugend, New York, March
B. Gorin A Literature of
Melodrama Plays, Morning Journal", New York,
Hillel Rogoff "A Maverick in
the Folks Theatre", "Forward", New York,
November 20 1918
D.B. "In the Theatre", "Fraye
New York, November 30, 1918
Israel the Yankee "The Material
World", "Yedmgbilty", New York, December 13,
D.B. "In the Theatre, "Morning
Journal", New York, December 28, 1918
A. Fein (Frubkin) - "In the
Theatre, "Fraye arbayter shtime", March 6, 1920
Israel the Yankee "Blond
Women", "Yedmgbilty", New York, October 7, 1921
Hillel Rogoff "Missing the
Land" in Gabel's Theatre, "Forward", New York,
January 12, 1923
B.J. Goldstein in the Brooklyn
Yiddish Theatre, "Tag", New York, September 14,
Liliput Steinberg's two plays
with Ian Einhart in two Brooklyn theatres, "Frayhayt",
New York, September 28, 1923
Israel the Yankee "The Play
from Hopkinson", "Yedmgbilty", New York,
December 14, 1923
Hillel Rogoff "In the Name of
God" in the Brownsville Hopkinson Times,
December 28, 1923
L. Kesner- "A Friend for Life" in
National, "Yedmgbilty", New York, December 28,
Abe Cahan The new play in the
Globes Theatre, "Forward", New York, September
David Eidelsberg "A Woman of
the World", in Gabel's Theatre, "Yedmgbilty",
New York, September 22, 1926
Dr. A. Mukdoni in three
theatres, "Fraye arbayter shtime", New York, September 29, 1926
Hillel Rogoff - "Missing the
Land" in Gabel's Theatre, "Forward", New York,
January 12, 1927
Abe Cahan "Her Mama's Wedding
Dress", "Forward", New York, February 24, 1928
Chanan (Pesach Kaplan) In
Yiddish Theatre "The Little Cantor", "Neye leben"
(New Life), Bialystok, April 14, 1924
S. Pan "A Lesson in Love", a
musical comedy by S. Steinberg, presented by
Joseph Kessler, "Post", London, May 22, 1929
S. R. (Roshansky) Nellie Casman
debut in the "Argentina" Theatre, in Shlomo
Steinberg's "The Little Cantor", "Yidishe
tsaytung" (Jewish Newspaper), Buenos Aires, July
N. Zucker of the Argentina
Theatre (The Little Wife"), Shlomo
Steinberg's comedy - review, music by Idele
Belzar and Nellie Casman, "Argentina Tag" (A
Argentina Day) , Buenos Aires, July 18, 1929
S.R. - A new play in the Theatre
"Argentina", with Nellie Casman " The Little
Wife", by Shlomo Steinberg, "Yidishe
Aires, July 18, 1929
Z.R. (Zalmen Reyzen) From the
Yiddish Folkstheatre (the fortieth presentation
"The Little Cantor") "Wellinger Day", September
Aharon Konievsky The first
argument of Sili Adler with Susan and Segal
Steinberg's "The Progressive Mother" "Tag",
Filash, October 20,1929
10 Spectator (N. Francke) "The
Little Cantor" produced by Poli dramatic, "Parisienne
Day", December 2 1929
B. J. Goldstein from Theatre
Avenue "Fraye arbayter shtime", New York, October 10, 1930
Aleph-Aleph - A comedy for Nellie
Casman "Fraye arbayter shtime", Morning Journal", New York,
December 5, 1930
V. Edlin - "A Wife Like My
Mother" in Eden, "Tag", New York, December 5,
Elchanan Zeitlin Nellie Casman
as "Shicorter" Our Express", Warsaw, December
Moshe Shemash In the Yiddish
Theatres, The Jewish Baker "Shemeter", New York,
November 4, 1933
Hillel Rogoff - A Wife for Every
Day" In the Lyric Theatre, "Forward", New
York, December 13, 1935
Jacob Kirschenbaum In Three
Brooklyn Yiddish Theatres, "Morning Journal",
New York, December 13, 1935
B. J. Goldstein A Big
Succession, "Fraye arbayter shtime", New York, February 7, 1936
Shmuel Rogansky - An Operetta
for All, "Da"ts", Buenos Aires, August 10, 1936
T. Beylin The Knowledge of an
American, "Di prese", Buenos Aires, April 2,
Charles Ruzianov "The World is
Crazy", played in the Parkway Theatre, Forward",
New York, December 17, 1937.
Chaim Weiner Theatre, 'The
Jewish Militant", New York, November 19, 1937
( -- ) Today's Funeral for the
Drama Writer Shlomo Steinberg, "Morning
Journal", New York, July 3, 1938.
Jacob Mestel "70 Year Theatre
Repertoire", New York, 1954, p. 57.