The Yiddish theatrical season has been launched in New York City with the opening of seven Yiddish theatres in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx.
The Yiddish Art Theatre, under the direction of Maurice Schwartz, resumed its activity at the Folk Theatre which had been built for the company, but which it was later forced to leave because of financial difficulties.
The Yiddish Art Company opens the season with a Chassidic play entitled “Yoshe Kalb” by L. J. Singer, a Polish writer.
Isa Kremer, diseuse, made her debut on the Yiddish theatrical stage in a play entitled “The Song of the Ghetto” by William Siegel, at the Downtown Theatre.
Other openings included: “The Common-Law Wife” by Louis Freiman at the Prospect Theatre; “Mister Schlemihl” by I. Rosenberg at the Hopkinson Theatre; “Mother and Mother-in-Law” by H. Kalmanovitch at the Liberty; “The End of the Russian Czar” at the Gayety; “A Girl Like You” by I. Lesh and S. Secunda at the Lyric.
In honor of the completion of Madame Betrtha Kalich’s fortieth year upon the stage and as a tribute to her courageous effort to return to professional activity after an enforced retirement of more than two years due to a serious affliction of the eyes which for a long time threatened total blindness, a testimonial performance will be given on Thursday evening, October 20, at the Yiddish Art Theatre under the direction of Maurice Schwartz and J. Rumshinsky.
The entertainment is being sponsored by the leading editors and publishers of Jewish newspapers in collaboration with Madame Kalich’s colleagues of the theatre.
Abraham Cahan, editor-in-chief of the “Jewish Daily Forward,” is chairman of the Committee of which B. C. Vladeck is acting chairman.