Friday, October 24, 2014 Tishri 30, 5775

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
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Just where does a Jewish boomer brooding with angst and an appetite for self-denigration go for a nosh when he's left his therapist's sofa feeling like a lumpy couch potato? To the psyche-deli? Maybe. Or, perhaps, to see "The Treatment," a treat of a treasure opening this Friday, in which mind over matter matters much to the main despondent, a...
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It's not so much a question of "What Do the Simple Folk Do?" as to what they're doing differently. And these people are not so simple either: Michael and Liza Lerner, children of Alan Jay Lerner who, with Frederick Loewe, were the kin Arthur, Lancelot and Guenevere kept in the musical theater world as composers of "Camelot," have taken the...
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Actress Jane Seymour exhibits her art and a passion for life in a show by the sea
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A spritely splash of color on a white-hot spring steambath of a day, artist/actress Jane Seymour sees herself, tellingly, as ... teal. And then some. "Actually," says the English-born beauty with the porcelain rose complexion of purity if not abetted by rose-colored glasses, "I think of my life as [colored in] red and teal -- red for passion, and teal,...
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The ogre from Odessa? The monster from Minsk? Who knew?
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Will the rest of the summer film season be ripped to "Shrek" once the green ogre with shofars for ears opens this Friday? More important ... to some ... will the fairy-tale figure with a Scottish burr finally give in to his natural heritage and resort to spit-takes of "ch"? And just how does one say "don ... key" in...
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Jerry Stiller not only breaks up audiences -- he also gets to break the glass in tonight's final episode of CBS's "The King of Queens." It may be the most unorthodox Jewish wedding of all -- neither bride nor groom is Jewish. But the rabbi? He's another story -- played by Josh Cooke of Gladwyne, whose bimah-bound bromide-spouting cleric doesn't...
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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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