Potash and Perlmutter (play)

Potash and Perlmutter is a three-act play written by Montague Glass and Charles Klein, based on earlier short stories written by Glass. Producer Albert H. Woods staged it on Broadway, where it opened at the George M. Cohan Theatre on August 16, 1913. The play is a comedy featuring the characters Abe Potash and Mawruss Perlmutter, who are business partners in the garment industry.[1]

Potash and Perlmutter
Postcard advertising the Broadway production
Written byMontague Glass and Charles Klein
Date premieredAugust 16, 1913 (1913-08-16)
Place premieredGeorge M. Cohan Theatre
Original languageEnglish
SettingNew York City

The play was a hit and ran for 441 performances on Broadway. A production on London's West End opened on April 14, 1914, at the Queen's Theatre. By the fall of 1914, Woods had eight road companies presenting the show on tour.[2]

The play was adapted as a 1923 movie, also called Potash and Perlmutter. Woods produced several theatrical sequels, including Abe and Mawruss (1915), Business Before Pleasure (1917), His Honor: Abe Potash (1919), Partners Again (1922), and Potash and Perlmutter, Detectives (1926), all written by Glass with various co-authors.

Cast and characters

The characters and opening night cast from the Broadway production are listed below:

Cast of the Broadway production
Character Broadway cast[1]
Abe Potash Barney Bernard
Mawruss Perlmutter Alexander Carr
Marks Pasinsky Lee Kohlmar
Henry D. Feldman Joseph Kilgour
Boris Andrieff Albert Parker
Mozart Rabiner Leo Donnelly
Henry Steuerman Stanley Jessup
Senator Sullivan Edward Gillespie
Book Agent Arthur J. Pickens
Sidney Russell Pincus
Expressman Dore Rogers
U.S. Deputy Marshal James Cherry
U.S. Deputy Marshal Melville Hecht
Felix Schoen Edward Mortimer
Ruth Snyder Louise Dresser
Mrs. Potash Elita Proctor Otis
Miss Cohen Gertrude Millington
Irma Potash Marguerite Anderson
Miss Levine Grace Fielding
Miss O'Brien Doris Easton
Miss Potchley Dorothy Landers
Miss Nelson Marie Baker


  1. "A Play to Cheer All New York". The New York Times. August 17, 1913. p. 9.
  2. Fields, Armond; Fields, L. Marc (1993). From the Bowery to Broadway: Lew Fields and the Roots of American Popular Theater. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 339. ISBN 0-19-505381-8.
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