On 14 January 1895 his play "Eliahu hanovi, or,
melekh yehudah (Elijah the Prophet, or King Aristobulus
of the Jews)," a historical operetta in five acts and a
prologue, written in programs, was staged the first time
by the Juvelier troupe in Bucharest.
The anonymous critic from
Bucharest’s "Folksblat" wrote about the play and author.
"We must, however, know that this young author has no
grounded experience and mature theatre knowledge in
order to make so many excuses. The critic here is long
in the tooth and has no place. We must agree that the
young writer has talent and has for the first time shown
us that we can use our own history in the best manner.
He must be able to write in a clear, pure language.
…Hoping that this is correct, our Mr. Katz who knows the
art of the Yiddish theatre will correct some of the
holes in his play such as "Di tsente gebot (The Tenth
Commandment), or, "You Should Not Envy," by Abraham
Goldfaden, "Di farblonjete neshome (The Lost Soul)" (by
Joseph Latayner), "Meshiekh’s tsaytn" (Arrival of the
Messiah) (by Avraham Goldfaden) etc., and not be driven
out of the theatre.
According to Kalman Juvelier,
the author of the operetta was a local intelligent
younger man. The music to the operetta, which even was
performed several times, was composed by Arnold
Perlmutter. In the offering, there participated: Kalman
Juvelier, Yetta Reich, Shmuel-Ber Ferkauf, A. Shrage,
Yekutiel Margoles and I. Giltman.
About the productions of
K.'s other plays anywhere, nothing is known, nor is
there any news of it.
M.E. from Kalman Juvelier.
[--] -- Theater-kritik, "Dos
folksblat," Bucharest, 90, 1895.