Friday, August 29, 2014 Elul 3, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
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What's got Al Gore so hot and bothered? It's the global warming, he says. With all due respect to Mrs. Gore and the 2000 Convention Kiss of the Year, what's on Gore's lips these days is a topic tantamount to global survival. And the man once considered as animated as "holy wood" is going Hollywood to bring it to the...
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The sun will come up tomorrow, but will the Earth? With all the seriousness surrounding Al Gore's take on the topic, there's no denying the former vice president's ability to roll with the punches - if not benefit from all punched ballots. As he has in the past, Gore recently chose "Saturday Night Live" to show there's life in the...
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"Will & Grace" has always seemed like a scene excerpted right out of "Fiddler on the Roof," with some changed lyrics accompanying its soundtrack. It's as if Grace was the little girl Tevye carried, and Will the little boy at play - who were then promptly dropped on their heads. Under the canopy you see them - using it as...
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A blockbuster with potential for a religious backlash
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Just why is Mona Lisa smiling? Probably because she didn't have to stand in line to get good seats at this Friday's opening of "The Da Vinci Code." Or maybe, she's glad she wasn't invited to "The Last Supper." After all, look at the tzuris it meant for Mary Magdalene? Whatever she's smiling about, there are others frowning on this...
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The tribe has … schpilkes. In a Jewish "Survivor" battle of the Bar Mitzvahs, "Keeping Up With the Steins" sets the bar high above a Jew's oys. The Bar Mitzvah boy? Bimah him up way beyond celebrations ever experienced by others his age. May the Force be with him; but then it's the bills that belong to his papa and...
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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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