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Jacob Ben-Ami

(1890–1977) Yiddish playwright, born in Minsk, Belarus. He joined the Hirshbein Troupe in Odessa, worked with the Vilna Troupe, and in 1912 settled in New York. In 1917 he joined ...

Ben-Ami, Jacob

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
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...-Ami, Jacob ( 1890–1977 ) Yiddish playwright, born in Minsk, Belarus. He joined the Hirshbein Troupe in Odessa, worked with the Vilna Troupe , and in 1912 settled in New York . In 1917 he joined Maurice Schwartz 's theatre but left to found the Jewish Art Theatre ( 1919–20 ), a Yiddish company that opposed the star system and was committed to sophisticated scripts and ensemble acting . In 1920 Ben-Ami began a successful English-language career associated with Eva Le Gallienne 's Civic Repertory Theatre and the Theatre Guild . On Broadway he...

Ben-Ami, Jacob

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The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance

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...-Ami, Jacob ( 1890–1977 ) Yiddish playwright , born in Minsk, Belarus. He joined the Hirshbein Troupe in Odessa, worked with the Vilna Troupe, and in 1912 settled in New York. In 1917 he joined Maurice Schwartz's theatre but left to found the Jewish Art Theatre ( 1919–20 ), a Yiddish company that opposed the star system and was committed to sophisticated scripts and ensemble *acting . In 1920 Ben-Ami began a successful English-language career associated with *Le Gallienne's Civic Repertory Theatre and the *Theatre Guild . On Broadway he starred in...

Ben-Ami, Jacob

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The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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...-Ami, Jacob [ Jacob Schtchrin ] (b. Minsk, Belarus , 1890 ; d. New York , 2 July 1977 ) Actor and director . His theatrical grounding was with a troupe of Yiddish players in Odessa, which later became well known as the Vilna Troupe when they successfully toured Europe in highly stylized productions with Ben-Ami as their leading actor. In 1918 he joined Maurice Schwartz 's company in New York. His success in The Lonely Inn , combined with artistic disagreements with Schwartz, led him to take the Madison Square Theater on his own, where he ran a...

Ben‐Ami, Jacob

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The Oxford Companion to American Theatre (3 ed.)

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2004
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...‐Ami, Jacob [ né Shtchirin ] ( 1890–1977 ), actor . He was born in Minsk, Russia, and acted for Yiddish companies in Odessa, Vilna, and even London before immigrating to America in 1912 . BenAmi soon joined Maurice Schwartz 's famous theatre at Irving Place, but found his purist ideals clashed with Schwartz's more pragmatic approach. In 1918 he came to the attention of Arthur Hopkins , who encouraged him to improve his English and perform on Broadway. His first English‐speaking role was as Peter Krumback in Samson and Delilah ( 1920 )....

Jacob Ben-Ami

Jacob Ben-Ami  

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(1890–1977)Yiddish playwright, born in Minsk, Belarus. He joined the Hirshbein Troupe in Odessa, worked with the Vilna Troupe, and in 1912 settled in New York. In 1917 he joined ...
Jewish Art Theatre

Jewish Art Theatre  

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Yiddish repertory company located at the Garden Theater in New York, founded in 1919 by Jacob Ben-Ami and other dissidents from Maurice Schwartz's Yiddish Art Theatre. The troupe, ideologically ...
Diplomacy

Diplomacy  

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(1878).The Victorien Sardou drama was first offered in America by Lester Wallack in an adaptation by Saville and Bolton Rowe. Its story centers on Dora, a poor girl who ...
Yiddish Art Theatre

Yiddish Art Theatre  

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(New York).Founded in 1918 by Maurice Schwartz at the Irving Place Theatre, it eventually moved to a fine, new theatre built for it on Second Avenue. Yiddish theatre historian ...
H. Leivick

H. Leivick  

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(1886–1962)Russian-American poet and dramatist. After seven years in the Tsar's prisons for revolutionary activity, Leivick escaped in 1913 to settle in New York, where he became a leading Yiddish ...
Civic Repertory Theatre

Civic Repertory Theatre  

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Founded in New York in 1926 by Eva Le Gallienne with an all-women staff, it aimed to provide a modern repertory at low prices in the mould of publicly subsidized ...
Yiddish Art Theatre

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The Oxford Companion to American Theatre (3 ed.)

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2004
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...noting Schwartz's insistent pragmatism, observed that the organization was “as close to traditional Yiddish theatre as to austere revolutionary art theatre principles.” One result was that even in its first season a breakaway group called the Jewish Art Theatre was formed by Jacob BenAmi and others. But the splinter group was short‐lived while the original organization, by presenting a mixture of classics and trivial material, survived until 1950 . Some of the productions were translated and performed on Broadway, and the company also toured on...

Diplomacy

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The Oxford Companion to American Theatre (3 ed.)

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2004
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...greatest successes, featured H. J. Montague as Julian, Maude Granger as Dora, and Rose Coghlan as the Countess. It remained a favorite for fifty years, its last important revival coming in an all‐star production in 1928 with a cast that included Margaret Anglin , Jacob BenAmi , Charles Coburn , William Faversham , Helen Gahagan ,Rollo Peters , and Tyrone Power...

Jewish Art Theatre

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
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...Art Theatre Yiddish repertory company located at the Garden Theater in New York , founded in 1919 by Jacob Ben-Ami and other dissidents from Maurice Schwartz 's Yiddish Art Theatre . The troupe, ideologically opposed to the star system and commercialism, was organized as an actors' collective and was the first Yiddish company to employ a professional director, Emanuel Reichler , a student of Reinhardt 's. Devoted to literary plays, its critically acclaimed productions included works by leading Yiddish playwrights Peretz Hirshbein , Solomon...

Leivick, H.

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The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance

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... dramatist . After seven years in the Tsar's prisons for revolutionary activity, Leivick escaped in 1913 to settle in New York, where he became a leading Yiddish writer. Two of his major plays are situated in the garment district: Rags ( 1921 ), and Shop , produced by Jacob *Ben-Ami ( 1926 ); both became Yiddish classics. His plays on revolutionary themes include Hirsch Leckert ( 1928 ) and Chains ( 1930 ), but his best-known work is The Golem , about a medieval clay robot made by a Prague rabbi, which premièred in Hebrew translation at the Habima...

Leivick, H.

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
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... Leivick escaped in 1913 to settle in New York , where he became a leading Yiddish writer. He sympathized with labour, and two of his major plays are situated in the garment district: Rags , first produced by Maurice Schwartz ( 1921 ), and Shop , produced by Jacob Ben-Ami ( 1926 ), both of which became classics of the Yiddish stage. His plays on revolutionary themes include Hirsch Leckert ( 1928 ) and Chains ( 1930 ), but his best-known work is The Golem , about a medieval clay robot made by a Prague rabbi, which premièred in Hebrew...

Civic Repertory Theatre

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The Oxford Companion to American Theatre (3 ed.)

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2004
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...Three Sisters , The Master Builder , John Gabriel Borkman , and La Locandiera . Later offerings included The Good Hope , Peter Pan , Romeo and Juliet , Alison's House , and, its most successful attraction, Camille . Although Burgess Meredith , Alla Nazimova , and Jacob BenAmi headed the list of distinguished performers who played in support of Le Gallienne, the company was often beset by money problems. Its many and expensive mountings, low admission prices, and the onset of the Great Depression all combined to undermine its finances. When ...

Yiddish Theater

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Gerald Bordman and Thomas S. Hischak

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History

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2013

...1920s more and more Jewish immigrants became educated and assimilated into the world outside the neighborhoods and started attending English-speaking theater. Yet the genre maintained some popularity because of a new generation of stage stars such as Stella and Luther Adler, Jacob Ben-Ami, Joseph Buloff, Molly Picon, Maurice Schwartz, and Rudolph and Joseph Schildkraut, some of whom crossed over to become famous on Broadway. The Yiddish theaters began to decline in the 1930s, although some left-wing groups in the Depression remained active and there was even a...

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Laurence Libin and Arnold Myers

The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments (2 ed.)

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2015
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...Koussevitsky to the State of Israel (1953); ‘Major Exhibit Held in Tel-Aviv, Israel’, AMIS Newsletter , vol.14/3 (1985); C. Abravanel: ‘The Yocheved Dostrovsky-Kopernik Exhibition of Musical Instruments’, Music and Time (1990–91), 44–59 tel aviv. Amnon Weinstein [violin-maker] collection; IL.T.weinstein : worldwide string instruments. tel aviv . Felicja Blumental Music Center (formerly AMLI Central Library for Music and Dance); IL.T.a : 400 incl. Tova Ben-Zivi, Edith Gerson-Kiwi (permanent loan: 300 mainly African, Asian, Arabic, and...

Fiction, Biblical

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Magdalena Mączyńska

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and the Arts

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2016
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...While these nonfictional “Lives” included novelistic elements, early Gospel novelizations such as Edwin A. Abbott’s Philochristus: Memoirs of a Disciple of the Lord ( 1878 ) and Joseph Jacobs’s As Others Saw Him: A Retrospect, a.d. 54 ( 1895 ) retained nonfictional features such as lengthy expositions and scholarly footnotes. Not surprisingly, neither Abbott nor Jacobs achieved commercial success with their Jesus-novels. Novelizing the Scriptures: Biblical Romances. A fictional formula that appealed more to Victorian audiences was the popular romance. In...

French Polynesia

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The Continuum Complete International Encyclopedia of Sexuality

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2010
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...the female orgasm. A man is humiliated by not bringing his partner to orgasm. The role of the clitoris in women's pleasure, as in traditional times, still is part of people's sexual knowledge. In Piri, it is referred to as teo . Linguistic evidence provided by the term 'ami'ami suggests a precontact focus on eroticism. It is considered a unique capability of some women who can contract and relax the vaginal muscles during coitus (Levy 1973 , 128). Elliston ( 1996 ) notes that Sahlins makes reference to the Hawaiian term 'amo'amo in Islands of...

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