T. came from Galicia and there was a Broder singer,
participating in the group of Moshe Kop. As he had
bought gas (petroleum), people called him "Gaznik".
When Goldfaden's troupe
performed in Grodno, T. was retired from the theatre,
and Goldfaden wrote for him the role of "Hatsmakh".
T. was a deaf man ... both [areyn].
He always had his roles [gekont oysveynik], and he used
to replicate by reading from his partner's lips.
The reviews about his acting
varied. During Mogulesko and Lateiner [drikn] about him,
that he was a wonderful character actor, and Adler
characterized him as such:
"A deaf Jew, with [krume]
eyes, a [lower=nidriker] , very much an ugly? man with
little talent. That he was an amateur, the playwright
[dramatic actor]. He had his role developed as a
After acting for a short
time with Goldfaden in Rumania, T. after Passover 1878
was taken into Hurwitz's in Bucharest. When the troupe
split, T. went the coming Passover again to Goldfaden
and traveled with him to Russia.
The troupe came later to
Grodno, which T. "spoke up" about Goldfaden and they,
together with Finkel and Shoengold, put together their
own troupe, but due to the fact, that he [shtert] them
to perform his repertoire, they were forced again to
unite with him.
Further data about T. is
M. E. from
Itzhak Libresko, F. Veynblat and Abraham Fishkind, and
Sh. E. from Joseph Lateiner.
B. Gorin -- "History
of Yiddish Theatre", Vol. I, pp. 144, 188, 197, 209,
Jacob P. Adler --
Meyn lebensbeshreybung, "Theatre Journal", New York,
Jacob P. Adler -- 40
yohr oyf der bihne, "Di varheyt", N. Y., 5, Jan.
Y. Riminik -- Ershte
finf yor idisher teatr in Odes, "Di royte velt", 12,
Y. Riminik -- Di
ershte trit funm idishn teater, "Der hamer", N. Y.,
April 1928, pp. 62-63.