his power on the stage
consists of the eykrsht in them, that he
has a beautiful voice, he has kept strongly to Avraham Goldfaden and from his operettas. For plays,
in which one doesn't sing, Tabatshnikov isn't
considered, and when the so-called Jacob Gordin
epoch began in America's Yiddish theatre,
Tabatshnikov for the first time felt a bit lost.
Abroad he realized that his entire heybt on were
gradually disappearing. He had also, however,
adapted to the new epoch. In Jacob Gordin's "King
Lear", he acted in the role of "Yafe" and
afterwards he already performed in other plays by
Jacob Gordin and became a great onhenger singer...
"...In life he was a
retiring person; he always spoke quietly and kept as
such for he feared he might hinder his star, always
closed, always involved in himself, he loved to
speak about the past, about the former years."
In Gordin's plays T. was
the first to embody the following roles: "Yafe" in
"The Yiddish King Lear" (1892), "Alkhasnador" in
"Der vilder mensh (The Wild Man)" (1893), "Yankl" in
"[Di] litvishe brider lurie (The Lurie Brothers from
Lithuania)" (1894), "Donye" in "Mirele efros"
(1898), "Louis Karshunski" in "Der unbekanter (The
Stranger)" (1905), and "Samuel Melkin" (Shmuel
Zaverukhe) in "Oyf di berg" (1907).
Since 1925 T., because
of illness, has almost stopped acting. In 1926-27 he
was at the Irving Place Art Theatre with Ben Ami.
T., who in America
adopted the name Tobias, and was one of the cofounders
of the Yiddish Actor's Union.
On 28 June 1930 T.
passed away in New York and was brought to his
eternal rest at Mt. Hebron (Cemetery).
TR.'s wife, Ettie, also
acts on the Yiddish stage. T's second son also acts
on the English stage.
B. Gorin -- "Di Geshikhte
fun idishn teater (History of the Yiddish Theatre)",
Vol. I, pp. 224-25; Vol. II, pp. 126, 143, 150-51.
M. Osherowitz -- Geshtorben samuel tobias, eyner fun di gor erste
idishe aktyoren, "Forward", 1 July 1930.