Friday, April 25, 2014 Nisan 25, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
"Lonesome Jim" is making some friends. The likeable oddball bittersweet comedy about a working-class man/kid working his way through adulthood attracted a crowd of well-wishers, and was well-liked at its screening earlier this year at the Philadelphia Film Festival. Now, away from the film-fest frame of reference, "Lonesome Jim" is on his own on DVD, with a release set this...
As western settles in for new season, is it also sizing itself up for a shroud?
Is "Deadwood" dead meat? Startlingly, HBO had told producers of its iconic western, it's not TV, it's … gone: Get out of Dodge was the handscrawl on the saloon wall. Just a dang-garn minute, podner … After emptying its ratings revolver, HBO just revealed Monday that "Deadwood" will make it back alive next season as a pair of two-hour movies...
Broadway smash brings actor Ben Lipitz back to where it all started - See more at:
"In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight … " Wait a minute! Forget the lion. Where's the warthog? Doesn't anyone respect the warthog? Sure, Ben Lipitz knows it's a jungle out there. But he's managed to pull off the improbable - impressing as Pumbaa, the first Jewish warthog to come out of Cherry Hill, N.J. "Well, I'm...
Would you trust George Costanza with a full house? After all, he had a hard enough time handling an empty house when his parents were away and he brought back a date - only to ruin the coffee-table. And let's not even talk about that empty condom wrapper in his parents' bed! Or could you bluff a guy who keeps...
What's got Al Gore so hot and bothered? It's the global warming, he says. With all due respect to Mrs. Gore and the 2000 Convention Kiss of the Year, what's on Gore's lips these days is a topic tantamount to global survival. And the man once considered as animated as "holy wood" is going Hollywood to bring it to 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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