Greats of the Yiddish Stage
Yiddish theatre consists of
plays written and performed primarily by Jews in Yiddish,
the language of the Eastern European Ashkenazi Jewish community.
The range of Yiddish theatre is broad: operetta, musical comedy, and satiric or nostalgic revues:
melodrama; naturalist drama; expressionist and modernist plays.
At its height, its geographical scope was comparably broad:
from the late 19th century until just before World War II,
professional Yiddish theatre could be found not only throughout the heavily Jewish areas
of Eastern and Central Europe, but also in Berlin, London, Paris,
and perhaps above all in New York City.
The Museum of Family History
presents a short biography of just some of them,
illustrated through descriptive text, photography and sound.