ARN KANYEVSKI (July 17, 1890-January 10, 1960)
He was born in Rzhishtshev (Rzhyshchiv), Kiev Province. He studied in yeshiva, and he was later active in the Jewish revolutionary movement. In 1908 he settled in Philadelphia, where he was one of the founders of the local Jewish public school. He wrote numerous reviews and articles on Yiddish theater in the Philadelphia edition of Tog (Day). He often signed them Arn Malis or Arkanyev. He contributed work as well to Amerikaner (American), Idishe velt (Jewish world), and Malamut’s Yontef bleter (Holiday sheets). He died in Philadelphia.
Sources: Zalmen Zilbertsvayg, Leksikon fun yidishn teater (Handbook of the Yiddish theater), vol. 4 (New York, 1963); Tog-morgn-zhurnal (New York) (January 11, 1960).