Thursday, October 23, 2014 Tishri 29, 5775

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
Actor steps into this summer's major blockbuster
Who can fault Josh Feinman if he faces summer with a song spinning on the edge of his lips because it "Makes Me Feel Like Dancing"? With screen credits set to rock 'n' roll this summer, who can blame him for catching "Saturday Night Freilach"? Not that he hasn't had that song on his lips and in his heart before...
Director Michael Winterbottom tops himself in Daniel Pearl tale
It was the camera shot heard 'round the world -- a concord of angst and anomie released in a scripted scream so terrifying it empties the empyrean angels of their seats to the right side of God. Certainly, God is in the heavens, but not all is right with the world. That scream is the atonal atrophy of Mariane Pearl's...
The two and only? That's Steve Solomon and now Paul Kreppel -- the only two to take on the title role of Solomon's wise and witty "My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm in Therapy," the ethnic-run-amok one-man show of a thousand angsts at the Westside Theatre in New York, where Kreppel tries on Solomon's neurosis for sighs as...
'America's Got Talent' host gets the joke
The lord of the ringmaster is more "Happy Feet" than fine-steppin' Frodo: Jerry Springer, whose Slinky-like spring-in-his step landed him among the favorites in "Dancing With the Stars" two seasons ago -- and whose fancy footwork was finessed from years of side-stepping thrown chairs and trailer trash on his pugilistic self-named talk show -- truly believes that "America's Got Talent."...
Singer/humanitarian taking the 'A Train'
Torch-hot, flame-flaring, sparks-blazing Judy Blazer brazenly lives up to her name. "I'm incessantly frazzled," says the stylishly sizzling singer, with a song not only pumping proudly in her heart but boiling in her blood -- a fantastic voyage of a victory for those who like their music with pulse and promise. And as far as voyages are concerned: Blazer's getting...


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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