Tuesday, November 25, 2014 Kislev 3, 5775

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
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Arbus in Wonderland? In a way, Steven Shainberg's dreamscape of a movie about daring photographer Diane Arbus mirrors her own work, a phantasmagoria of photo finishes and bizarre beginnings that wax and wane with an "Alice in Wonderland" aura of wonderment. His film of "Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus," her demi-biography -- he concedes it's not wholly about...
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DeBris, meet de Brad. The two are familiar enough; after all, Brad Nacht's turn as Roger DeBris in "The Producers" is musical theater at its most cutting. As the flamboyant and fey director who shimmies as he shakes up anyone's conceit of good taste, DeBris is delight on his feet -- and his brain doesn't weigh three pounds either. He...
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That's what comedian earns for her '25 Questions for a Jewish Mother'
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Q and A? Q and Oy! Judy Gold's "25 Questions for a Jewish Mother" is, unquestionably, a warm kugel of a comedy that may just be the Jewish mother of all Jewish mother shows. Questions, from the audience? You there, far left -- or, as some would call it, the Jewish seat. Q: "Is this a show I should take...
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They are the anti-Borat. If the Kazakhstan Kutup of a reporter truly believes that "No Jews is good news," then this jerk of a journalist better not scan today's headlines. Because there they are front-page news, headlining the ongoing arts fest on Nov. 9 at the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill: Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson, creators/stars of the smash...
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Your 98-year-old Bubba ever talk about her ultimate dream -- to walk (slowly) down a red carpet shimmying in a thong while ladling out chicken soup to her many admirers -- including that 20-year-old college dropout who just moved in next door? It's not a pretty picture. But it may be a winning video. "It's Your Show," says Carson Daly...
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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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