Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Elul 1, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
Up-and-coming, rock-'n'-rolling Erik Janson has discovered that "Morning in Paradise" is followed by afternoons in nirvana. After a terrific reception for his album of folk-rock that folk in all genres took to, the young and ruggedly handsome singer/ composer has found "Morning in Paradise" is the music of the night played by hundreds of stations nationwide. Now, his sound has...
What's that dizzying acrid/sweet smell coming from inside that college boy's dorm? Could he be smoking ... Lox? Could be if the boy in question was Adam Gertler and the controlled substance he was smoking came from the uncontrollable white waters of Alaska, where salmon was king and bagel its bride. From whitewater to whitefish, Gertler girded early on for...
Musical role in the sure hands of Adam Pascal, 'Broadway Guy' and 'Goyband' star
Adam Pascal is high-"Rent" district dynamic. Roger out, Roger back in: Pascal is reprising his Tony Award-nominated role as Roger Davis, the young, guitar-strumming AIDS patient impatient with progress, in a national tour of the acclaimed, idiosyncratic and iconoclastic Tony Award-winning musical, now through this weekend at the Academy of Music. Despite all the hoopla surrounding his rocking career --...
Tim Roth gets face time with a lively new series that belies the usual
Tim Roth is living a lie. Truth is, the Oscar-nominated actor of "Rob Roy" likes it like that. Why shouldn't he? As the star of "Lie to Me," the foxy new Fox Network Wednesday night series in which he plays deception expert Dr. Cal Lightman -- based on the life of scientist Dr. Paul Ekman -- Roth gives body language...
A reverse "Jesus Christ Superstar"? Matthew G. Myers lets out a laugh. "Yes, I guess you could say I am." After all, the award-winning musical, which takes for gospel the rise and fall of Jesus -- and which alights for a limited run at the Academy of Music this Friday -- has long been tethered between theater and theology, as...


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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