Sunday, July 13, 2014 Tammuz 15, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
Oy-dentity? No such problem for NBC's new game show, "Identity." It knows what it is: a clever, cunning ka-nock to any conceit that first impressions are the best impressions. Impressing during a five consecutive-night showcase ending this Friday, "Identity" is the latest stamp on Ben Silverman's passport to popularity. The series exec producer and Reveille's founder/CEO who's responsible for such...
What's all this kreplach about Jews and Italians sharing one mind and a million gestures? Show who believes this by a show of hands! And it is in such handiwork -- ever see a Jew and an Italian talking together? It's like a case study in semiotics -- that Steve Solomon has made the wisest of choices: splitting his heritage...
Catherine Hardwicke, just what is it about you making movies about 13-year-old Jewish girls? No -- these aren't Bat Mitzvah home movies, but a mitzvah of a different sort: Going to bat for the angst and anxiety of being a Jewish teen torn between parents and peers. Of course, the director of "13" -- whose two main characters were played...
New Comedy's Married to a Mob of Mischief
Is this the little girl I spoiled rotten ... Is this the little boy who no fashtay ... What imlech ordered arugula for the reception ... Oy ... oy vay ... Place the chopped liver by the Rigbergs ... Don't put the Goldsteins near the Steins ... Is there a way of his breaking the glass ... Without breaking our...
Christopher Moynihan ... such a big Pischer. "Well, actually, I'm 5'9". I just look taller because the others in the scene are shorter than I am," says Moynihan, whose turn as Sam Pischer in "Home for Purim," a movie-within-the-movie, is considerably one of the better features of the mainframe, if not mainstream, "For Your Consideration," opening Nov. 22. For your...


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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