A Tale of Two Museums
Ester Rachel Kaminska Theater Museum Collection

The Jazz Singer, Samson Raphaelson

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A program from Ida Kaminska's The Jazz Singer


The Jazz Singer, Samson Raphaelson


Ida Kaminska’s Yiddish rendition of The Jazz Singer was presumably based on the movie or play of the same name by Samson Raphaelson, adapted from one of his short stories, "The Day of Atonement" (1925). Kaminska adapted the source for the Yiddish stage and directed the first production in Warsaw. According to press reviews discovered in the theater museum's archive, Kaminska's Yiddish Jazz Singer was a success.  One reviewer wrote the following enthusiastic review:

Ida Kaminska, with her multi-dimensional artistic talent in her role as the jazz singer really entranced the audience. The modern play, in which the action is very suspenseful, and also so Jewish, and with [Kaminska's] insightful direction, it pulls the audience in a delivers it such spiritual pleasure. It is therefore no surprise that the next two performances have already attracted a large audience. An indication of Kaminska's recognition as an artist and far her success with this production, the editors of the Kalisher Express presented her with a bouquet of flowers at her Saturday performance.




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