Monday, September 1, 2014 Elul 6, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
Is 'Jericho' a national anthem to man's inhumanity to man? Two local guys may have the answer
CBS is relying not on vicissitudes, but the vision and vitality of two daring dudes from Melrose Park for victory this season. Is the world coming to an end? Exactly the question for a new series that takes its existential exigencies seriously. And that series may -- or may not be -- the presumptive first strike the network is making...
X marks the spot ... Wait, no, it doesn't. More like NC-17 marks the spot that Kirby Dick is in. And it is the Motion Picture Association of America ratings board who's put him there. For Dick, ironically, it's a good spot to be in, because if not for the myopic MPAA, his quirky clever "This Film Is Not Yet...
NBC trumpets a new season with an Aaron Sorkin series that lyrically sings of insider insights
Aaron Sorkin is no "Kookie" Burns. But then "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" is in a different neighborhood than "77 Sunset Strip," the hip seminal series of the late '50s/early '60s, in which Edd Burns' "Kookie," comb ever at the quick, was as slick a private dick as any detective show ever offered. Yet in a way, both "60"...
Wedded bliss? Wedded blitz is the rat-a-tat-tat of spousal firefare going on between martyred marrieds Eddie (Brad Garrett) and Joy -- hah! -- Stark (Joely Fisher) in a battlefield that makes "War of the Roses" look like its mined with sparklers. Caught in the crossfire of their verbal bullets, next-door neighbors Steph (Kat Foster) and Jeff Woodcock (Eddie Kaye Thomas)...
Oh, baby, one "Last Kiss ... " Bye, bye Birdie? No -- bring back Braff! Zach Braff has bragging rights to the age of innocence since his golden "Garden State" took its toll on movie-goers hearts two years ago, generating acclaim and applause for hitting the spot with its examination of Generation X. Why "Z" is returning to the big...


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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