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THOMASHEFSKI, BORIS:

Judæo-German actor; born at Kiev May 30, 1866. He went to New York to seek work in 1881 and soon organized a Jewish troop which played in Turn Hall, Fourth street. Three years later he removed to Chicago, where he became a theatrical manager. In 1893 he settled in New York, and became one of the leading Yiddish actors. At present (1905) he is lessee and manager of the People's Theater in that city.

Thomashefski plays the chief character in almost all the pieces produced at his theater, most of which are written by Latteiner. He has himself written some Judæo-German plays and published a collection of witty sayings (in "Theatre Journal," 1903-1905, i., ii.).

Bibliography:
  • American Jewish Year Book, 5665 (1905), p. 200;
  • H. Hapgood, The Spirit of the Ghetto, pp. 139-140, New York, 1902.
A. M. Sel.
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