Thursday, August 21, 2014 Av 25, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
Robert Redford goes unscripted in talking of repairing the world
Butch Cassidy and the Tzedakah Kid? Robert Redford has risen to the task often, reliably riffing that give-back is payback for all the good fortune he's had through life. And the cutie cowboy with the customized green hat -- an eco-educator echoing the beauty of the natural, and who's harnessed the energy and talents of unbridled youth at his fast-stepping...
Tchaikowsky was no sleeping beauty, but he gets a trilling wake-up call in Mark Nadler's nattering raucous riot of pianistic Ruskie-fisticuffs of a show, "Tschaikowsky (and Other Russians)," now playing at Morgans Cabaret at the Prince Music Theater. Bang the shoe slowly: If you hear the pitter-patter of theatrical footprints, it has everything to do with the title number of...
Filmfest fields a winner to kick off its season
Soccer as succor for the weary when the World Cup is half-empty rather than half-filled? Such is the glass life -- easily shattered, jaggedly edged -- that Mauro morbidly must live through when the youngster's peripatetic parents, burdened with the baggage that comes from being Jewish lefties in Catholic-righteous Brazil, get the boot from their Belo Horizonte burg that not...
Next year in Jerusalem? Don't count on it, Jimmy! "Jimmy Carter: Man From Pains" -- oops, how did the "l" get deleted from that word? -- has had a "shove and be shoved" relationship with Israel and its supporters since his presidency played out in 1976. Kissed on the cheek by Prime Minister Menachem Begin at the Camp David accords,...
No, says Jerry Seinfeld, who now feels at home in a honeycomb
Hey, Seinfeld, what breakfast combines your love of cereal, that famous TV show's theme and your new "Bee Movie" movie? Huh? Huh? Nuttin', honey. Gold, Jerry. Gold. Joke boy doesn't seem in a joking mood this morning. He walks into a party like he's walking onto a yacht ... or maybe a parking lot of Porsches, the poor man's golden...


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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