R. was born on 31 October
1885 in Kremenchug, Poltava Gubernia, Ukraine. His
parents became rich. He learned in a cheder, Talmud
Torah and in a city school. He sang in the great shul as
an "alto" with Cantor Avramele Horenstein.
In a Rosh Chodesh
Sabbath (1898), Avraham Fiszon took him away from the
school as a chorus singer. R. soon began to come to sing
solos. So as the director did not pay the lease, and as
R. geyt oys for hunger, his father sent him money
and finally brought him home, but R. could already no
longer pull himself away from the Yiddish theatre, and
when Kompaneyets came to the city with his troupe, R.
joined them there. He rab away from home
and traveled with the troupe to Yekaterinoslav, where he
soon began to act in roles. From there he went over to
Bernstein's troupe in Kremenchug. Here Druker Smolnik
took up the stage, who had acted since then under the
name of Brandesko and bshet-hdhk they both went
through the cities with Yiddish-Russian concerts.
R. acted then in the troupes
of Mishurat, Sabsey, Genfer, Kaminski, Sam Adler and
At the end of 1905 he went
to London, where he acted for ten months in M. D.
Waxman's troupe and traveled with Morris Axelrad. Herr
and Frau Marienhof and Frau Kornfeld went to Buenos
Aires to Gutentag's troupe. From Argentina R. went back