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
 

Anna Toback
(Hannah Tabak)


 

T. was born in June 1905 in New York, America. She learned in public school and Yiddish in the home of a tutor. At the age of eight, T. was recommended by Bina Abramowitz to act with Thomashefsky in a children's role in Libin's play "Blinde libe (Blind Love)". She soon was recognized as the "singing child" and began to act in children's roles while at the same time in several theatres, drawing attention to her as a singer.

After performing for an actress who had become ill in the Second Avenue Theatre in the play "Dem rebins nigin (The Rabbi's Melody)", T. became engaged there, and during [that time] Morris Guest saw her act there in Yiddish in the role "Liba" in the American play "Experience", and he hired her for the play "Mecca" in English (Oct. 1920 - Jan. 1921- ed.) After several years of acting on Broadway, also performing in Keats' vaudeville circuit, she withdrew after a time from the stage.

In the 1927-8 season T. was taken in as a prima donna in the Liberty Theatre by Anshel Schorr. In 1930-31 she was at the National Theatre (Dir. M. Saks), and in 1931-2 she was in Newark's Metropolitan Theatre.

On 10 February 1931 T. was named as a member in the Yiddish Actor's Union.

  • Joseph Rumshinsky -- Vos s'vert fun di kinder, vos shpielen oyf der idisher bihne, "Forward", N. Y., 27 October 1920.

  • Jacob Kirschenbaum -- Naye pnim'er oyf unzer bihne, "Morning Journal", N. Y., 10 February 1928.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 801.
 

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