Friday, August 22, 2014 Av 26, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
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Puss 'n Boots? As long as those boots are Manolo Blahnik. It's all the shoe business you never saw in "Cats": Philadelphia native Kenny Finkle's "Indoor/Outdoor" offers yet another look at a day in the nine lives of the feline phenomenon that has clawed its way into America's id, where cat people are scarier than anything Paul Schrader could have...
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If it ain't "Brokeback," don't fix it … Just give in, Hollywood seems to be saying. Indeed, everywhere you go - movies, TV, billboards, Western suburbs - there seem to be two cowguys alternately hugging and pushing each other away. Attention, John Wayne: These pilgrims have arrived on a different ship. Sure, "Brokeback Mountain" breaks taboos, but is it the...
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My Groundhog Day party was a hit. Always is. Every year. Like clockwork. With a little inspiration, we can turn any calendar anomaly into a holiday, and any holiday into an event. TuB'Shevat seder. Purimschpiel. "Do Business in Your Bathrobe Day." Even Super Bowl Sunday can be fun once you turn off the TV and dig into the hummus. There...
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This just in - Jon Stewart wins Oscar as best comic actor! Nah, not true; just some fake news about a fake newsman. What is true is that the host of Comedy Central's acclaimed "The Daily Show" will be spending his Sunday night trying to burnish the Oscar broadcast with those broadsides he's brought to the public arena. Bring it...
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Trouble in “Paradise”? Milton, get out your map — there may be some redefining of boundaries Sunday night when the Oscars are broadcast. With “Paradise Now” — a suspensefully sustainable film about suicide bombers and their kamikaze craft that is at once gripping and gritty — in the lead for best foreign film, the most controversial aspect of its possible...
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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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