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
 

Adolf Timianoff
(Timianko)
 

 

T. was born on 15 July 1886 in Lodz, Poland. His father was Mordechai the Badkhan. He learned in a cheder and then he completed Poznanski's school. At the age of fifteen he went from his father to Bunes Badkhan (Tshizshik), with whom he learned to be a badkhan, and he traveled with him for three years across Poland and Galicia. At the age of eighteen T. entered as a chorus singer into the German Thalia Theatre, where he also performed from time to time in small roles.

In 1905 he joined the Yiddish itinerant troupe of Serotsky and Weissman and debuted as "Kunts fun rozen" in Goldfaden's "Dr. Yozelman", remaining a year in the troupe. Later he traveled around with other Yiddish itinerant troupes across the Polish and Russian province.

He lost two years of his stage activity due to military service, and he traveled in 1910 to Paris, where he joined in the Vaksman-Spivakovski troupe. In 1911 he acted in London's Yiddish Pavilion Theatre. In 1912he was in Feinman's Kunst-temple (Arts Temple). In 1914 he immigrated to Copenhagen (Denmark) and here organized a Yiddish dramatic society, which put on productions across the Yiddish settlements of Scandinavia.

In 1915 he came to America and acted for three seasons in Canada (Toronto and Montreal), then with various troupes across the province of the United States, traveling often in the summer seasons to Europe, where he performed in various Yiddish theatres.
 

Sh. E. from Sarah Kindman.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 881.
 

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