Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


Harry Starr

Born in 18... in Kutno, Poland. Raised in London and from there immigrated to South Africa, where he acted in Yiddish theatre. In his older years, he arrived in Argentina and from here went to Brazil, wherein he brought Yiddish actors for Argentina and called himself "the first director of the Yiddish theatre company in Rio de Janeiro in the Carlos Gomes Theatre".

In the troupes of S. there also acted Morris Moshkovitsh, Moshe Dovid Vaksman, Jacob and Lisa Silbert.

When there began in Brazil the struggle against the women traders and their offerings, and a certain part of them were deported from the country, S., who had with them a narrow connection, lost his existence "S. however -- according to Jacob Prns -- was a capricious person in the theatre business. Easily read about the "flesh" of the hand, he refused (?). To him the theatre wasn't any sporting thing. It was his life's question. Without theatre people hadn't known life.", and he had organized new troupes and oriented himself to another public, but everyone fought and he was compelled to close his theatre in a short time. Then he gedungen the "Senta Nadya Theatre" and had there arranged productions every Wednesday with the local powers.  Thereby he used to -- according to Jacob Prns -- manifested a tremendous devotion for the theatre: "He used to give away his last groshen to an actor, or sell a required piece and by himself go around a hungry person".

S. then immigrated to Bahia, where in 1926 he passed away semi-paralyzed.

S. acted in comical and character roles. He had a "trempisher" nature and his private life was a secret, even to those close to him.

Jacob Botoshansky writes about him: Everyone spoke of Starr -- an actor as one says, with talent, who had a relationship with the underworld, was a cantor in his shul, and had supplied the Rio de Janeiro Jews of both camps with prayer and art...

"They spoke of this star also with much love in the actors' circles. Several actors called him "Tate". L. Mlakh...fareybikt in "ibergus", without a given character. Not long...was an idea that he died. They own ...., that he wasn't...., bue he had to, due to a certain theme delayed.... a legendary...."

Sh. E. from Jacob Prns.

  • Jacob Botoshansky -- Tsvishn forhang un levnt, "Prese", Buenos Aires, 13 December 1929.






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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1463.

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