Friday, July 25, 2014 Tammuz 27, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
Going for the ''Golda'' Valerie Harper primed for her portrayal of Israel''s legendary prime minister
What’s “Golda’s Balcony” but Molly Goldberg’s stoop with a vertical view of breaking news rather than bleak Brownsville. Ah, but what a view! And as Golda Meir stoops to conquer, Valerie Harper steps into the role as if she were born to do so. From “Rhoda” to “Golda,” Harper’s planted her feet solidly on Mother Earth characters, whether they be...
"Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World"? Keep looking; Albert Brooks hasn't found it. Certainly, his current so-called comedy is bereft of it. Maybe it's hidden under one of the barkas the characters of the film wear. What "Comedy" does is wearisome. Based on the premise that the best way to disarm the enemy is to nuke 'em with nuggets...
The advancement of next generation wireless devices, flat panel displays, digital television, MP3 devices and gaming consoles will push consumer electronics sales to a new high of $135.4 billion dollars in 2006, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. Gone are the days of individual components for each function; audio receiver, television, CD player, DVD player, etc. Technology has delivered a...
Interested in taking a trip to the "Bermuda Avenue Triangle," where audiences in the past have gotten lost in the laughs? Renee Taylor and Joe Bologna - with Lainie Kazan joining them for the ride - return here three years after their other voyage-oriented title "If You Ever Leave Me … I'm Going With You." And "On the Scene" has...


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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