Thursday, November 20, 2014 Heshvan 27, 5775

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
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A romantic comedy not of getting physical but of getting physics? Losing Control loses no time in setting itself up as a madcap farce of mad scientists.
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"Can't we all get along?" This famous clarion call for human bonding in an unglued world has been adapted and adopted in a most unusual -- and provocative -- documentary that is sure to inspire debates and denouncements. Between Two Worlds is a Jewish seesaw of cinema, a wickedly observed examination of how Jews pivot politically left and right. It...
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David Ives, a thinking man's playwright, approaches theater philosophically.
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Scott L. Schwartz just may be the inverse of the Timex watch: He gives a licking and keeps on ticking. You just don't want to get him ticked off. The native Philadelphian is billed -- and built -- as "The Ultimate Bad Guy" by the Hollywood industry. His bruising brooding looks do nothing to dispel the notion that this is...
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One wag once said that the business of public relations could be defined as having sex on the sidewalk. If so, that explains why the fictional PR firm peopled by such image-pushers as Alex (Hank Azaria) and Helen (Kathryn Hahn) is a one-way street of broken hearts and loneliness -- yielding to some funny turns. Azaria is at the intersection...
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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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