Thursday, July 24, 2014 Tammuz 26, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
NBC ... charity case? No, not the network -- but its spectacular new series whose theme of giving back may provide great payback in ratings for the fourth-place somewhat plucked Peacock. "The Philanthropist" -- must-pledge TV? The new Wednesday night series makes the case for giving from the wallet as its billionaire belies stereotypes, trumping notions that wealth always wields...
Musical star Blake Bashoff revisits family ties for Father's Day
"Spring Awakening" slips it to the summer solstice with a splash of cold water as a bracing refresher course in the age-old contretemps over social/sexual intercourse among the young. Adapted from a century-old play by Germany's Frank Wedekind, this new snap on an age-old pair of suspenders is germane and generational in its pull. It rocks and roils, too, with...
And this is your "American Idol"! Well, maybe not. "Actually," recalls Josh Sussman, "I was on 'The Tonight Show' with Jay Leno when he told audiences that the latest 'American Idol' contestant would be appearing, and there I was, in a spoof, singing 'Ring of Fire' [off-key] when Simon Cowell set me on fire." Show him the Doors? Cowell's done...
If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen ... Yeah, right, you tell that to Wilma Stephenson. She filets, sautés and flambés students with that flame-thrower of a tongue she has developed during some 40 years of teaching culinary arts at Frankford High School. And now, her just desserts: The teacher with crème brûlée bragging rights and...
That's Mark Feuerstein, USA's 'concierge doctor'
Doctor to the rich and ridiculous in the Hamptons, Hank Lawson hears naggings, not real needs, at the end of his stethoscope, even as he scopes out a new life amid the town's nouveau rich and risqué after being fired for ignoring a benefactor's braying needs at his former big-city hospital. Of course, if that pathetically rich patient hadn't died...


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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