Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Av 3, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
Mordant Mort Sahl takes a bat to hypocrisy and clears the bases
Good news, bad news … First the bad news: The headlines greeting readers and viewers every morning. Now the good news: Mort Saul has been heading off the headlines for the past 50 years with a wile and wit that makes everything that's fit to print fodder for his fulminations. Read the fine print: Mort Sahl is a merry old...
Forget Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. Want to view the most unorthodox of odd couples? Gidi Dar and Shuli Rand - the Oscar and Felix that Neil Simon could never have imagined. But director Dar certainly did - and dared to bring it to screen: "Ushpizin" ("Holy Guests") opens Wednesday, Nov. 2 at Ritz theaters. And who's the Oscar? Rand,...
"Tuesdays with Morrie," Thursday with Harold … Both offer major life lessons. And as "Tuesdays With Morrie" - the stage adaptation of the taut best-selling autobiographical Mitch Albom verbal album about a teacher and the young man he taught way beyond Brandeis U.'s brittle walls - gets ready to play the Merriam Theater beginning Nov. 1, actor Harold Gould puts...
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...


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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