Saturday, July 26, 2014 Tammuz 28, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
Some treats without the tricks for these stellar "Stars": Robb-ed! Erstwhile Huntingdon Valley resident R.D. Robb has made a killer career for himself out Hollywood way. Next project: "Killer Joe," to be directed by Peter Bogdonavich. This surely won''t be the last picture show for Rodney and Eydie''s "little" boy. Indeed, the former child actor now magna-cum-producer can share pillow...
Larry Kane''s got a ticket to write. It''s been stamped, punched, approved and validated in the best way possible: The broadcaster''s first two books have been best-sellers - one about his love affair with Philly; the other as being the lone ranger on the road accompanying the Beatles on their first American tours in the ''60s. Now, Lennon Revealed reveals...
Just two Jews talking … After a High Holiday hiatus, Jackie Mason, star of "Freshly Squeezed - One Jew Talking," coming to the Keswick Theatre on Oct. 26, is back on his high horse trampling through the tzuris and travesties of everyday life. Think of his appearance as a one-man gallop poll as the Borscht Belt-bred comic beats a path...
Abby, we're sending you in a kid; but you're coming out a "Stars": Abington has been named as one of the "100 Best Communities for Young People in the United States," as part of a national competition held by America's Promise. And Abby's a cover girl, too - making the cover of Newsweek mag, as well as being the subject...
Evan Handler: From Harry the lawyer, to Sellers the therapist
Hollywood Is TV's "Hot Properties" too hot to … Handler? No. Evan Handler can handle it; after all, he's had sex and the city, so what's another Manhattan matchup going to mean? A lot, as it turns out. Harry Goldenblatt of "Sex and the City" has gone uptown, upscale, from plain Joe to player in this new Friday-night ABC comedy...


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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