Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Tammuz 24, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
Music as medicine? Take two Axl Roses and call me in the morning. That seems to be the prescription for Young@Heart , the ageless oldies but goodies who have taken punk rock over a rocking chair as their vehicle of choice. This choice group of 73-years-old-plus players gets a chance to rock and roil the region this time out --...
Nica and Monk: A lyrical love story that plays so right
Juicy and jammed with side men and side dishes, "The Jazz Baroness" has all the meat and the trimmings that make it a thanks-worthy special this holiday season on Nov. 25 on HBO2. And what better to sip at this service than vintage Rothschild. That's what viewers get in this un-be-bop--believable docu which details the Jew and the Monk: the...
Want a little noodle kugel with that egg nog? On Prancer, on Dasher, on Rudolph, on ... Shmuel? Ho-ho -- oy: Talk about kick-starting your holidays; certainly Rhonda Kaufman Malkin has one leg up on others. Rocket in her pocket? She's got them on her feet as the Jewish Rockette gets set to tap, tap, tap her way to happiness...
'Twilight's' next gleaming may not tell the whole story
Hollywood ... bloodsuckers. Who knew? Roget's Thesaurus would. But then, go figure that Hollywood would borrow journalism's historic axiom and run with it: "If it bleeds, it leads." It certainly does at the box office. Which brings us to "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," the howl of a hit follow-up to the start of the saga, based on Stephenie Meyer's...
Israeli director moves into new role with wartime messages lived and learned
"I'm not there," the two military men seem to say as they morbidly grapple with guarding the precious, if onerous, cargo they cart back home -- news that the wife/mother they greet as the door opens has had her soldier spouse/son/daughter die in combat. As attendants to the Army's Casualty Notification service, the soldiers seem like casualties themselves, dissociated from...


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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