Saturday, October 25, 2014 Heshvan 1, 5775

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
... where a kosher comic proves his mettle
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Here's a headline not for the Wall Street weak: "Gold Soars; Dullards Devalued." Such is the result of the riches afforded by former economics major Elon Gold, whose stock in supersmart, smack-in-the-face funny is a funny bones bailout for these unbankable times. As a stand-up comedian, he also stands up for the joys of Judaism, which, suffice it to say,...
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NBC obviously is missing the boat with its Jay-Conan-Jimmy comic drama. There is a viable, impossibly thrifty alternative to this star-strudded, money-saddled soap opera that would at once save NBC and place God on its side. All the network has to do is cull its archives for the answer. Move the rabbi in. There he is, Rabbi Glickman, the nebbishe,...
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Coming through the rye -- slowly cooked corned beef, juicy and marbled in enough fat to make it appear as if it's drooling; cole slaw so temptingly tangy they sent it to the moon with the astronauts; and Russian dressing -- aah, the Russian! -- so smoothly creamy, even Putin wouldn't protest. Got you hungry? Take a number! Built on...
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And Jessica Hecht is one of the reasons the revival rivets so
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She is one of Arthur Miller's marvels -- women married to husbands who are more mystery than men, emotionally eviscerated weak warriors and nominal heads of the household whose heads are swirling with failed fantasies. Jessica Hecht's Beatrice knows what it means to be married to such a mangled menace of a man, for it is Eddie Carbone whose incestuous...
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Eddie Bruce is still "dancin' on air" -- decades after serving as host of the popular Philly-based TV stomp of a treat, he's got good reason to step to the front of the line dance that he once touted. And that's because these days, he also has a song in his heart. That that song is "High Hopes" -- so...
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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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