Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Tishri 7, 5775

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
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When your name is Rush, why wait? Because it was a great job, says Devyn Rush of her work as a singing server, waiting tables at Ellen's Stardust Diner in New York. Well, not everyone could wait; indeed, the diner's management couldn't, firing the 21-year-old for taking time off. But this was not idle time but "Idol" time as New...
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Azazel Jacobs' coming-of-age movie a class act of accomplishment
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"Terri" and the pirates he pals around with -- high school outcasts who all have walked the plank of life and fallen into its ocean only to be spit right back up and out -- will never find the hidden treasure of peer acceptance. But among each other -- the obese, obsequious Terri; the self-mutilating Chad and the cute, but...
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O my Gad! Josh Gad is the lyin' king of Uganda -- or at least his character, the mendacious missionary Cunningham, is, in a musical that musses up the silver-hair of Broadway for fun and prophet. As the prevaricating preacher of Mormon missionary positions in Africa, the cunning yet incapable Mormon elder has rewritten the religion's text to sex so...
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The 'Times,' it's a-changin'
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Is "Page One" the new Page Six? With its mix of insider innuendo and rocking revelations, there is a link -- albeit tenuous -- between "Page One," an intriguing investigative independent-movie examination of what makes The New York Times tick, and the gossip page that is the rival New York Post 's celebrity sales pitch. But "Page One: Inside The...
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Does Magneto magnetize or stigmatize the hallowed issue of heroics in the Holocaust? Magneto of "X-Men: First Class" is not the first, just the latest, character to jump from the comic book pages to the screen, as he has done in this summer's sizzler of a box-office hit. Born as Max Eisenhardt in the Marvel Comics empire back in 1963...
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Profile

Michael Elkin has worked as the Exponent Arts & Entertainment and Features editors for some 40 years.

He has won some 40 national and regional writing awards over his career as well as three fellowships in playwriting and screenwriting from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

His arts articles — including working as a jazz critic for the Evening and Sunday Bulletin; book reviewer for the Philadelphia Inquirer; and rock reviewer/TV writer for the Camden Courier-Post  — and op-eds have appeared throughout North America; his plays have been staged internationally, including runs in Romania — one play running for  five years —  Israel, Germany, Los Angeles and, locally, the Walnut Street Theatre and People's Light and Theatre Company. He is a  Tony Award voter and is a member of a national new play selection committee handing out an annual award to an  up-and-coming playwright.

He worked as a mentor with the Philadelphia Young Playwrights' outreach program to area high schools and at one point headed up the playwriting program at the Walnut Street Theatre School.  His play "Cries in the Night" was cited in the book "The Best Plays of 1992-93," in the "New Plays From Around the Country" category. His travel articles have appeared nationally and he has worked as a travel editor for Fodor's Travel Guides.

As a screenwriter, he  was asked by filmmaker John Frankenheimer ("Birdman of Alcatraz," "The Manchurian Candidate"), with whom he then worked,  to write a script for Frankenheimer to direct.

He has moderated and taken part in national conferences both here and in New York on topics ranging from hip-hop/rap to theater to comedy and has served as a board member of film and theater arts groups.

Elkin has appeared on area TV and radio shows and served as arts critic for the cable program "Our Town." He has been cited in reference books for his investigative work on TV as an influential social medium. For his expertise in film and theater, Elkin was asked to — and did — serve as on-screen interviewer of actor Richard Dreyfuss in a documentary about the American Music Theater Festival, with which Dreyfuss was involved.

A graduate of Temple University — he also studied screenwriting at New York University and attended the University of Houston Bates School of Law — Elkin was honored to be Temple's commencement speaker in the mid-90s. He also taught journalism at Temple as well as screenwriting at La Salle University.
 

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