THE STORY: Henry Grunwald is a Viennese Jew who fled the Nazis and became a successful New York advertising executive. Now retired and nearly blind, Henry is determined to fulfill his lifelong dream of being a playwright. When young Len Artz, also an aspiring playwright, applies for a position as Henry's assistant, their job interview quickly expands into a fierce and acrimonious intellectual debate, with Henry as the avid advocate of Eurocentrism and Len as the impassioned defender of experimentalism. This smart two-hander is a thought-provoking comedy about loyalty, dreams and the fear of failure.
"Safdie's one-act offers unique insight and analysis about the craft [of playwriting]…Entertaining, and at times hilarious." —Herald Tribune. "Sweetly amusing…Mr. Safdie writes funny dialog, and he is to be admired for the strength of his convictions." —NY Times. "Good staging, good set, good everything…THE LAST WORD is as clever as Private Jokes, Public Places, and Mr. Safdie has written Hill Street Blues Star, Daniel J. Travanti, a dream part." —Wall Street Journal. "Remarkable!…THE LAST WORD rings with emotional and comic veracity, and has more to say about life and literature in its brief 90 minutes than most plays twice its length." —Show Business Weekly. "A fascinating and amusing exploration of the connection between a possibly delusional and impractical older man and a steadfast but slightly insecure young man." —CurtainUp. "The dialogue crackles, and Safdie somehow makes a not unfamiliar set-up seem fresh." —TheaterMania.com. "A thoughtful and balanced portrayal, exploring the colliding forces of classicism and modernism…Recommended!" —LA Times. "Clever and refreshingly literate dialogue…Safdie has created something remarkable…Critic's Pick" —Backstage West.