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Lives in the Yiddish Theatre
Volume 8

MORE SHORT BIOGRAPHIES CREATED FOR A NEW ONLINE VOLUME
OF ZALMEN ZYLBERCWEIG'S " LEXICON OF THE yIDDISH THEATRE"

 


Constantin Dinulescu
(Bobsi)


 

D. was born on 19 March 1933 in Bucharest, Romania.

He studied in 1955 with Alexandru Finţi at the Institute of Theatre and Film “I. L. Caragiale” in Bucharest.

He made his acting debut at the National Theatre of Iasi in 1955, in the role of "Toma Dumitrescu" in Aurel Baranga's ‘’Mielul Turbat”.

Some of D.'s performances were at the State Jewish Theatre in Bucharest. His roles included: In 2001, he was "Profesorul", in "Parchează maşina la Harvard", by Israel Horowitz, regisseur Horea Popescu.

In 2002, he portrayed the title role of "Shylock", in "Shylock" by Arnold Wesker, stage director Grigore Gonţa.

D. also performed in the role of "Gamliel" in the “Wise Men of Chelm”, a musical comedy by Moishe Ghersenzon, stage director Dan Tudor; "Salmen", in "Efros Dinasty", by Jacob Gordin, stage director Kincses Elemer; and "Lear", in "The Jewish King Lear", by Jacob Gordin, stage director Grigore Gonţa.

D. also acted in many productions with the National Theatre in Bucharest:

  • Dr. Burlacu - "Spitalul special (Special Hospital)", by Iosif Naghiu, stage director Ştefan Iordănescu, 2010

  • Lord Audley - "Eduard al III-lea (Edward the III)", by William Shakespeare, stage director Alexandru Tocilescu, 2008

  • Garçin - "Cu uşile închise (In Camera)", by Jean Paul Sartre, stage director Mircea Anca, 2007

  • Costache - "Viaţa mea sexuală (My Sex Life)", by Cornel George Popa, stage director Sorin Militaru, 2007

  • Sancho Panza - "Don Quijote (Don Quixote)", by Miguel Cervantes, stage director Dan Puric, 2005

  • Buono - "Patimile Sfântului Tommaso d`Aquino (Passion of St. Tommaso d'Aquino)", by Alex Mihai Stoenescu, stage director Grigore Gonţa, 2005

  • "Cei 150 (The 150)", stage director Dan Puric

  • Şeful (Head) - "Revelion la Terzo - Mondo (New Year at Terzo - Mondo)" by Ovidiu Moldovan, stage director Mihai Manolescu, 2003

  • Ministrul Brănescu (Minister Brănescu) - "Ultima oră (Last Time)" by Mihail Sebastian, stage director Anca Ovanez Doroşenco, 2003

  • Directorul - "Ispita (Director)" by Vaclav Havel, stage director Mihai Manolescu, 2002

  • Sfetnicul - "Legenda ultimului împărat (Legend of the Last Emperor)" by Valentin Nicolau, stage director Alice Barb, 2003

  • Fotograful (Photographer) - "Crimă pentru pământ (Murder on the Ground)" by Dinu Săraru, stage director Grigore Gonţa, 2001

  • Nae - "Generaţia de sacrificiu (Generation of Sacrifice)" by I. Valjan, stage director Dinu Cernescu, 2000

  • Abatele Abbone (Abbot Abbone) - "Numele trandafirului (Name of the Rose)" by Umberto Eco, stage director Grigore Gonţa, 1999

  • "Platonov" byA. P. Cehov, stage director Ivan Helmer

  • "Roberto Zucco" by Bernard Marie Koltes, stage director Felix Alexa, 1995

  • Cadmos (Cadmus) - "Bacantele" by Euripides, stage director Mihai Măniuţiu, 1997

  • Părintele Lorenzo (Father Lorenzo) - "Romeo şi Julieta (Romeo and Juliet)" by William Shakespeare, stage director Beatrice Bleonţ, 1994 - 1995

  • Taliverde - "Paiaţa soseşte la timp" by Fănuş Neagu, stage director George Motoi

  • "Drumul singurătaţii" by Arthur Schnitzler, stage director Mihai Berechet, 1988

  • Harry Brewer, Arthur Phillip - "Cine are nevoie de teatru" by Timberlake Wertenbaker, stage director Andrei Şerban, 1990

  • "Vrăjitoarele din Salem" by Arthur Miller, stage director Felix Alexa, 1991

  • Antonio - "Noaptea regilor" by William Shakespeare, stage director Andrei Şerban, 1991

  • Pedagogos - "Trilogia antică" after Euripide and Sofocle, stage director Andrei Şerban, 1990

  • Ilihoi - "Cartea lui Ioviţă" author and stage director Paul Everac, 1981

  • Evgraf Larionici - "Însemnările unui necunoscut" after Fiodor Mihailovici Dostoievski, stage director Ion Cojar, 1979

  • Iacoppo - "Săptămâna patimilor" by Paul Anghel, stage director George Teodorescu, 1971

  • Veniamin Flaviu - "Camera de alături" by Paul Everac, stage director Ion Cojar, 1970

  • Penciulescu - "Suflete tari" by Camil Petrescu

  • Albany - "Regele Lear" de William Shakespeare, stage director Radu Penciulescu, 1970

  • Hagi Tudose - "Hagi Tudose" by Barbu Ştefănescu Delavrancea, stage director Ion Cojar, 1980
     

     
         
    Dinulescu in "Uriel Acosta" by Karl Gutzkow   Dinulescu in "The Jewish King Lear"

Natalia Stancu, in "The Jewish Reality", 2012, states about D. in his performance in "The Jewish King Lear":

”The great chance of the performance is Constantin Dinulescu. An actor of great distinction and experience, who carries magisterially the hero’s deep feelings and complexity, through an acting of classical proof and exquisite modernity. His David has the importance of an affluent bourgeois and a mentsch. He has a patriarchal authority, which imposes respect. He doesn’t seem tyrannical or abusive. The hero’s effort to break his limits and prejudgments is impressive...(..) Here he is, living painfully the consequences of his drastic decisions Really exceptional are the moment when interchanges the heartbreaking revelations with auto irony and sarcasm, a way of commenting lucidly and histrionically about the absurdity about how the human being becomes a jester of destiny.”

Roles at the National Theatre Vasile Alecsandri, Iasi (1955 - 1973), include:

  • Alecsandri - "Povestea unirii" by Tudor Şoimaru, stage director Miron Nicolescu, 1973

  • Griffone Baglioni - "Nunta din Perugia" by Alexandru Kiriţescu, stage director Sorana Coroamă Stanca, 1967

  • Cardinalul - "Thomas Becket" by Jean Anouilh, stage director Sorana Coroamă Stanca, 1966

  • Tânărul Întâi - "Căruţa cu paiaţe" by Mircea Ştefănescu, stage director N.Al. Toscani, 1966 (Un boier - 1959

  • Despot - "Despot Vodă" by Vasile Alecsandri, stage director Crin Teodorescu, 1966

  • Avram Iancu - "Bălcescu" by Camil Petrescu, stage director Crin Teodorescu, 1964

  • Anton Pann - "Anton Pann" by Lucian Blaga, stage director Sorana Coroamă Stanca, 1965

  • Pavel Proca - "Steaua polară" by Sergiu Fărcăşanu, by Crin Teodorescu, 1963

  • Richard III - "Richard al III-lea" by William Shakespeare, stage director Mircea Marosin, 1963

  • Charles - "Chiriţa în provincie" by Vasile Alecsandri, stage director Victor Bumbeşti, 1962

  • Theatre Constantin Tănase, Bucharest

  • "Funcţionarul de la Domenii" by Petre Locusteanu


    His other roles include:

  • Stolnicul Cantacuzino - "Brâncoveanu".

  • Jidovul rătăcitor - "Mesagerul" stage director Constantin Dicu.

  • Toma Dumitrescu - "Mielul turbat" by Aurel Baranga, stage director Alexandru Finţi, 1954 - Debut


    D. has collaborated with the State Opera in Iasi, from 1957 to 1969, as well as with Romanian television, theatre, films, and poetry recitals.

    D. was also a teacher at the Institute of Theatre and Film, Bucharest, 1973 - 1977.
     
    He received the  Prize UCIN for the best male role of "Heidrik", in  "A unsprezecea poruncă", stage director Mircea Daneliuc, 1991. Also the Premiul of Art and Culture Council for "Iacoppo" in "Săptămâna patimilor" by Paul Anghel, 1971.
     

D. has also taken part in many films, such as:

  • "Povestitorul", in "Final Countdown" - Parafilm International and ZDF Germany production, 2003

  • "Mesagerul", director Constantin Dicu, 1995

  • "Heidrik", "A unsprezecea poruncă", director Mircea Daneliuc, 1990

  • "Mitică Popescu", director Manole Marcus, 1984

  • "Misterele Bucureştilor", director Doru Năstase, 1983

  • "Glissando", director Mircea Daneliuc, 1982

  • "Trandafirul galben", director Doru Năstase, 1982

  • "Zacharus", director Claude Grimberg, 1982

  • "Ana şi hoţul", director Virgil Calotescu, 1981

  • "Orgolii", director Manole Marcus, 1981

  • "Ştefan Luchian", director Nicolae Mărgineanu, 1981

  • "Burebista", director Gheorghe Vitanidis, 1980

  • "Drumul oaselor", director Doru Năstase, 1980

  • "Rug şi flacără", director Adrian Petringenaru, 1979

  • "Aurel Vlaicu", director Mircea Drăgan, 1977

  • "Ediţie specială", director Mircea Daneliuc, 1977

  • "Cuibul salamandrelor", director Mircea Drăgan, 1976

  • "Ştefan cel Mare - Vaslui 1475", stage director Mircea Drăgan, 1974

  • "Departe de Tipperary", director Manole Marcus, 1973

  • "Conspiraţia", director Manole Marcus, 1972

  • "Cartierul veseliei", director Manole Marcus, 1964

  • "Inspectorul", in "Străzile au amintiri", director Manole Marcus, 1961


Sh. E. and Sh. E. from Edith Negulici.

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

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