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Jacob Adler: A Life on the Stage

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(Applause Books). Jacob Adler, with his performances in the Yiddish King Lear , Uriel Acosta and Shylock in The Merchant of Venice , became first a megastar of the exploding Yiddish theatre, and then all of Broadway. His memoirs, originally written and published in Yiddish and now translated (by his granddaughter) into English provides not only a compelling portrait of one of America's greatest actors but a fascinating social history of his time.
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Overview

(Applause Books). Jacob Adler, with his performances in the Yiddish King Lear , Uriel Acosta and Shylock in The Merchant of Venice , became first a megastar of the exploding Yiddish theatre, and then all of Broadway. His memoirs, originally written and published in Yiddish and now translated (by his granddaughter) into English provides not only a compelling portrait of one of America's greatest actors but a fascinating social history of his time.
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Adler (1855-1926) tells of his passion for the theater, tracing it from his youth in Tsarist Russia to his stardom in the American Yiddish theater, which included performances in , , and . He describes the community of which he was a part, the other actors with whom he performed, and his own method for bringing life to the characters he played. His granddaughter, Rosenfeld, translates the work into English and provides commentary. His daughter, Stella Adler, offers an introductory essay. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557834584
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
A Yiddish Theater? How Did It Happen?
Prologue 3
Something About My Family 5
Growing Up in Odessa 11
Russian Theater in the Years of My Youth 24
Odessa Nights 29
Rosenberg: The Great Friend of My Youth 38
"For Fatherland and Tsar!" The War of 1877 42
The Odessa Attractions: Pleasure and Malaise 54
Hopes, Plans, and Dreams 71
Rosenberg: Actor and Impresario 75
The Great Night: An Echo of My Youth 87
My Uncle's Verdict 91
Sonya Oberlander, My Theater Magnet 98
Strategic Retreat: We Play in Kherson 104
News of Goldfaden and Our Guilty Longings 110
Goldfaden's Court 115
Kishinev Revels 119
Winter in Yelizavetgrad - My Downfall 137
The Mirror on the Wall 146
Yiddish Theater in the Provintz 155
The Troupe Breaks Up: Destiny Takes a Hand 168
Lithuania: Stardom and Starvation 180
Rosenberg's Theater in Nezhin 188
My First Great Role: Uriel Acosta 199
Glory - And the Aftermath 210
Zhitomer - Odessa - The Final Blow 215
Our Last Piece of Russian Earth 225
Our Theater in Exile 231
The Surprising London "Dramatic Clubs" 239
How We Played in London 243
Our London Paradise, and How the Serpent Came 248
What We Learned in London 256
The Great New Club on Prince's Street 265
The Ladder of Words 271
Schiller: An Epoch in Our Theater 280
From Joy to Deepest Night 284
A Storm in Whitechapel 291
The Tragedy in Prince's Street 296
Last Days in London 302
Chicago Days - The Troupe Splits 306
New York: I Fail in The Beggar but Triumph as Moishele Soldat 310
My Great Moment Comes - I Meet Jacob Gordin 316
"Classicismus" 329
How I saw the Role of Shylock and How I Played It 341
My Last Sight of Rosenberg 351
Shmendrick, My Mephistopheles 365
Last Appearances 372
Index 387
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