Monday, July 14, 2014 Tammuz 16, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
Hal Goldberg doesn't do Windows: "I was a P.C. person, but I came to my senses and came over to MAC." These days, when he buys hardware, he's bi-computer. Why? It's only fair since the new apple of his eye is a P.C. musical that is not necessarily ... P.C. Not if you're a nerd, anyway. As the composer of...
Willkommen to the Weimar Republic, where life is in an aberrant abeyance. Change for a '20s? Caught between world wars with its marks down, Germany struggles to be germane once more. And if the song in its heart is a sad one, is that precursor to punishing times ahead? The cabaret doors are open even if the minds are closed...
Director helms world premiere of author's work with few, if any, enemies and much support
A Jewish geometrician/alchemist, I.B. Singer long ago learned how to change a love triangle into a foursome. He's not known as the magician of lovin' for nothin.' Sarah Schulman has a bit of the abracadabra about her, too. "Enemies, A Love Story," originally serialized in Yiddish by Singer for the Jewish Daily Forward 40 years ago, and then adapted into...
From 'Annie Hall' to the Rock Hall of Fame, Marshall Brickman makes book on real hits
Jewish Boys? No, it's "Jersey Boys," and, certainly, the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Season won't be mistaken for that of Frankie Valli and the Four Questions. But, in a way, "Jersey Boys" jives with memories of some Jewish boys who knew that learning to walk like a man went way beyond the bimah of the Bar Mitzvah...
Race cards need not all be jokers. Yael Farber aces her efforts at bringing race to the forefront of modern theater audiences and with "Amajuba: Like Doves We Rise," as with other productions helmed by the native South African, the race belongs to the swift. A quiet riot of a roiling piece in which South African actors stand apart on...


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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