Monday, September 15, 2014 Elul 20, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
When it comes to 'Rachel Corrie,' much depends on who you ask
Sticking her head in the Israeli sand -- akin to an ostrich claiming she's ostracized even as she turns her back on truths -- can Rachel Corrie really clearly see the chaos surrounding her? "My Name Is Rachel Corrie" is really a drama in name only, dialogue -- in this case, monologue -- as diatribe, as the one-woman show of...
The name's LaGuardia ... No ... wait. It's Cunningham. No ... it's Sheriff Tupper ... No, these days, it's Thayer, Norman Thayer, didactic dad of "On Golden Pond," where Tom Bosley plays the part to perfection Oct. 31 to Nov. 5 at the Merriam Theater. But father figures have always figured prominently in Bosley's bountiful career: He was Richie Cunningham's...
What do you get a a hit hospital series for its Bar Mitzvah? A fountain pen? Hell, who could read a doctor's handwriting anyway? A check? Something tells me that after 12 seasons, with 13 now under way, the producers of "ER" have cashed their share of checks already. Check this out, then: How about a hot new McSexy doctor...
The South Side of Chicago has provided a North Star of soundly satisfying stability in the melody line that is composer Louis Rosen's life. In a way, Rosen's collaboration with singer Capathia Jenkins, his musical muse, gives voice to two peoples, blacks and Jews, in a harmony rarely heard offstage. "Capathia Jenkins and Louis Rosen: South Side Stories," their first...
Alan Zweibel's never Short on imagination
The one man to see for one-man shows is Alan Zweibel. The go-to guy of "Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me" and "Billy Crystal's 700 Sundays" doesn't have his name in the shows' titles, but those shows wouldn't have earned their titles as high-tone hits without his epigrammatic if not eponymous contributions. The back story of this guy who prefers to...


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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