Sunday, April 20, 2014 Nisan 20, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
This is no program for the fashion weak. "The Rachel Zoe Project" is marked with a "Z" that would have had Zorro second-guessing the style of his own flashy cape. And that mask? Oh, how retro! At 46, Rachel Zoe Rosenzweig is a designing woman who has become a fashion plate of more than nibbles and nubs; she is stylist...
Archie's a bit of a jughead. Disabled and devilish, he's the one character in "13" who sums up everything about what it means to be mean and green -- and sweet -- at that age, using his disability as a crutch while clutching on to whatever hope is allowed him in Indiana, where the Indie 500 could be the name...
Right on? The left gets smacked about a bit in "An American Carol" -- Shirley, you remember its director/producer/co-writer David Zucker from "Airplane!" and the bump of brash, broad comedies that followed -- with none other than Bill O'Reilly providing the spin factor: He slaps a Michael Moore stand-in (a character named Michael Malone, portrayed by Kevin Farley) so hard,...
Remember the "Seinfeld" where Jerry's bubba went to make a deposit in her bank and only found a deserted alley in its place, with a tough guy waiting to give her directions? Maybe he was just a former financial officer down on his luck. This skittish market doesn't have anyone laughing, but a perusal of current money magazines, financial publications...
Teens teem on stage with a Bar Mitzvah in the balance
Becoming "13": Today you are a ... musical? Bimah him up: Evan Goldman is having a meltdown that would drown a dripping ice-swan sculpture and curdle the cream cheese -- and just about make chopped liver out of his chipper life. The Bar Mitzvah boy to be is about to celebrate turning 13 -- which turns out to be the...


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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