Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Av 24, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
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"Munich" is far from a popcorn movie for Dr. Benjamin Berger, albeit one salted with the tears of memory. Indeed, the refrain, "It's just a movie," takes on a sad, dissatisfying, Tinseltown twist for this doctor from Shaker Heights, Ohio. For the elderly Berger, "Munich," after all, is not just a movie. It's family history. Berger's son, David, was the...
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Despite all the critical hoopla and applause, Eli Roth still can’t count on his actors to give him a hand. Most likely, they have none left. For Roth, whose macabre and mordant new movie is set for a “Hostel” takeover of screens Friday, Jan. 6, becoming a member of his acting company is tantamount to becoming a dismember. Blood, gore,...
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It's a minyan of mirth - and what better way to bring in the New Year than with gales of guffaws and loads of laughs! Fill up at Helium, the new Center City comedy club that's playing host to a slew of national names on the comedy circuit. And, now, 10 lucky "Sceners" - an "On the Scene" winner and...
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The only ones guaranteed a successful New Year, said an old skeptic, were those who sold calendars. Dunno, these "Stars" seem a safe bet to continue their winning traditions in 2006. Like who? Like these who not only kept up with the Joneses, but went farther: Kimmel center of honor? It's a major national award for Philadelphia philanthropist/humanitarian/ business mogul...
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Felix and Oscar and Max and Leo … Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick may be an odd couple of 'Producers,' but they somehow make it all work
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What or who could be an odder couple to celebrate the holidays than Chanukah and Christmas chafing up against each other on the same holy night? Maybe … Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick? The two gentile performers go bump in the night - every night - against Jewish Catskill schtick in an odd couple of projects these snow-blown days: Both...
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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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