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Friday, June 26, 1953
YIDDISH STAGE MARKS 75th
ANNIVERSARY
By DAVID SCHWARTZ
(Copyright, 1953, Jewish Telegraphic
Agency, Inc.)
*****
The Yiddish stage has just
marked the 75th anniversary of
its birth. The Jewish stage in the
broader sense, stems from more
distant antiquity. The first great
Jewish drama was the Book of
Job, certainly one of the world's
greatest dramas. Even Tom Paine,
who had few good words to say
about the Bible, spoke in rever
ent terms of Job. God appears as
one of the characters in this
drama.
The Yiddish stage came into
professional being in a wine cel
lar, with Abraham Goldfadden as
its first professional playwright.
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The man who did most to raise
the standards of the Yiddish stage
was Jacob L. Gordin. He could
write a play between breakfast
and lunch. Gordin was prolific
elsewhere, being the father of 11
children.
When Zangwill first visited the
U. S. Gordin apologized for noi
calling on him. "You see, I am
the father of 11 children." "Tush,
Tush." replied Zangwill, "I am
the father of the 'Children of the
Ghetto.'"
The American stage owes not a
little to the Yiddish stage. Paul
Muni and John Garfield were on
Second Avenue before they went
to Broadway.
Some of the sages of the Tal
mud condemned the theatre,
while others praised it. (The
theatre did not go unallacked in
the non-Jewish world as well. In
many New England communities,
plays were banned.)
One form of the Yiddish play
going on for centuries is the
“purim spiel.”
Shakespeare took the plot of his
"Merchant of Venice" from an
Italian play in which the man
who wanted the pound of flesh
was an Italian grandee, and the
poor sufferer was a Jew. The
"grandee" resented the fact that
the daughter of the Jew had re
jected his courtship. Shakespeare
simply reversed the characters,
made the Jew the money lender
and the Christian the sufferer.
For more than a generation,
Charles Frohman who went down
on the Titanic, saying ‘‘death is
a beautiful adventure,” was
America’s most prominent pro
ducer. Charles’ father, who came
over with the “forty-eighters”
from Germany, also entertained
histrionic ambitions, but never
realized them. In his old age, he
used to hang around his son’s
theatres.
Once Charles Frohman noted
the seedy overcoat of his father
and told him to go to. his own
tailor and have a new one made.
But the elder Frohman said he
would never consent to pay or
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let his son pay SIOO for an over
coat for him. Charles Frohman
assured his father that his tailor
would only charge him $20.00.
Secretly, he made up the differ
ence with the tailor. So old Mr.
Frohman got his SIOO.OO coat. A
week later, he was wearing his
old seedy one again. When his son
questioned him the elder Froh
man chuckled. "Everybody thinks
I am no business man, but I sold
my new overcoat for $40.00 so I
made $20.00 profit.
On hjs first trip to America Fer
enc Molnar, the Hungarian Jew
ish playwright, was taken by the
Hungarian Ambassador for a visit
to President Coolidge. The Presi
dent asked Molnar about political
conditions in Hungary. Molnar
turned to the Ambassador and
said in Hungarian: “You know I
don’t know anything about such
matters. I will simply keep talk
ing about other things and you
can pretend to be listening to me
and give your own answer to the
President’s question, representing
it as a translation of my remarks.
The President later told Molnar
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