The world premiere of Joe Feinstein's comedy The Last of the Aztecs/i> recently took place recently at the MET Theatre in Hollywood. The play is septugenarian Feinstein's first and will run through March 4, with David P. Moore directing. Last year Moore directed Five Women Wearing the Same Dress at the MET and also designed the set for the Whitmore-Lindley's Niggas With Attitude...And Big Guns.
The Aztecs was a social and athletic club of guys and their wives in New York City. Danny is the last living male of the group; he's been in a deep funk ever since his best friend Walter died from a heart attack suffered while making love to a woman not his wife. Danny's been covering up for him ever since, and he is regularly visited by his ghost, who tries to console him. Danny's wife has cancer, but that doesn't deter her from relishing whatever time she has left. They have a beautiful granddaughter, a "golden girl," who adores them both. Danny, however, can't stomach the fact that she is a lesbian who wants to marry her partner.
Producer Stephen Whittaker's cast includes Dorothy Constantine, Allison Gammon, Linde Gibb, Kay Henley, Howard Mann, Fred Ornstein and Claudia Smith. Whittaker has been with the MET since 1973 and is its current artistic director.
Aztecs is the first in a full season of world premieres at the MET, which is located at 1089 N. Oxford Ave. For tickets and information call (323) 957-1152.
— By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent