Monday, September 22, 2014 Elul 27, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
After a childhood shaken and stirred, the writer bonds with film fans
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Is it any wonder that fans of writer Anthony Horowitz have great expectations for the first film made of his teen super-spy Alex Rider? After all, the author's real-life history affords a glimpse into daring derring-do that helped him escape his own Dickens-like conundrums. Horowitz, whose "Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker" breaks nationwide on Friday, Oct. 13, is a brainy Brit...
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David Crane has created a reunion of friends. But before "Friends" fans place an order with Gunther for a soy, unsweetened, decaf cappuccino -- hold the sarcasm -- Crane is not couching his chat in terms of Monica, Chandler, Ross -- or even Marcel the monkey. The names he's dropping are those dropping in for a grade-school reunion in "The...
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Brooklyn dodger? Nah, this guy welcomes the old hometown with open arms, fielding questions about the old neighborhood from audiences in what may be off-Broadway's only bilingual production. Yiddish is spoken here; so is pinching the cheeks. And the guy on stage is the ultimate pinch-hitter. Some actors enjoy ripping up their roots; he'd rather water them. Why not? It's...
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The provenance of pain and paintings looted by the Nazis has provided a compelling canvas for creative artists exploring the topic of Jews scarred by jagged justice since the war. One of the most intriguing of the explorers joining the investigation is also using the small screen to make big, albeit subtle, statements. Number "Numb3rs," CBS' sophisticated Friday-night crime drama,...
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Some serious issues are fielded for those switching on 'Friday Night Lights'
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Are ya ready for some Shabbat football? Well, it is called "Friday Night Lights." But if the lights of this ever-so-shining NBC series aren't candlesticks, it still sticks out as one of the season's best. Not that tales of pigskin would ever complete a forward pass for acceptance in halachah. But there are elements of the Tuesday-night series of a...
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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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