Thursday, August 21, 2014 Av 25, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
There may not be much joy in Mudville these days, as the Yankees, the mighty Yankees, have struck out. But there's plenty of joy at "The Joy Luck Club" of the Pan Asian Rep, in Yankeeland, where they've struck gold in muddied family relationships. In adapting Amy Tan's 1989 best seller into a box-office draw -- the play has been...
There is a yawning divide between good and great musicals, but "The Drowsy Chaperone" needs no one to accompany it to the winner's table; it can go it alone as a great one. The five-time Tony Award-winning musical -- in which "Man in Chair" sets the table for a grand retelling of a 1928 musical called "The Drowsy Chaperone" --...
Israeli cafe becomes grounds for explosive drama
Sometimes, even a casual coffee break in Israel can be shattering, with a cafe grounds for high drama. Shards of lives accompany cream and the caffeine in "Dai," a detonation of a drama by Iris Bahr, which literally translates from the Hebrew into "enough," but empirically into "to die for." A double dose of sugar in that death wish? Sweet...
This may indeed be the most turkey of times to travel all year: The Thanksgiving holiday is the bane of the bashed-up flyer, who gets the stuffing knocked out of him when trying to wedge a 200-pound carry-on into a 3-foot overhead compartment. As a service to Jewish Exponent readers, here are a few tips on how to avoid those...
Bob Dylan: Lubavitch, Christian ... Joker? It's All 'There'
Zushe ben Avraham -- put down that G-string of a guitar, comb your hair straight and stop that mumbling. And while you're at it, buy some popcorn for a picture that shows not just that "The Times They Are a-Changin' " but that the movies are, too. "I'm Not There" is here, up there on screen right now, as nonlinear...


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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