[NoHo Arts District, CA] – A NoHo Arts theatre review of Meirav Zur’s “Inconceivable” at The Hudson Theatre through December 12.
Millions and millions of women all over the world are struggling with infertility everyday. Meirav Zur has had her own troubles, and after having her first child with her husband, she quite naturally yearned for another. But the second time around it just wasn’t as easy. This is not an unusual occurrence, unfortunately. We all believe we are perfect biologically, and a young healthy body should have no problems producing offspring…or so we have always been led to believe. But according to the latest numbers, one in five women have trouble getting pregnant. Which is another reason why the latest Roe v Wade debacle is such a tragedy. In vitro fertilization is basically illegal now in half the country.
Meirav Zur has turned her experience into a rather brilliant one-woman show, making something purely positive out of her pain and bringing a much-needed spotlight on a subject that is not as widely discussed as it should be.
Meira Zur is a very experienced performer and it shows. Her play is balanced, nuanced, cleverly informative and very, very funny. She punctuates the story of her journey to conceive with hilarious songs, sweetly delivered.
It put me in mind of a kindergarten teacher making up rhymes for her class…except these are very adult of course! But that is the level of charm throughout the entire show. Adorable is another word that comes to mind as she navigates every obstacle and defeat, describing it all with vivid detail and poignancy. It’s a show that has a point, a purpose. As much for Meira as the audience. She takes us with her as she makes her way through all of it, the doctors’ visits, the tests, the hormone shots, the disappointments, the words of encouragement, and the endless, endless advice.
The audience feeling as if we are actually there at each appointment and every life lesson, so open and honest and authentic is her performance.
There’s a lightness to “Inconceivable” that belies its heartfelt message. Meirav walks the line between comedy and documentary with precision and finesse. But every moment is seen through her eyes, deeply personal and yet not sad or maudlin.
She reminds us all again and again that she already has one beautiful child and although she yearns for more, her daughter is a gift and one that fills her life already.
But who can blame her for wanting more love in her life? As a mother myself I know that our hearts grow bigger with every child and as they themselves grow and change, we long to freeze time. We miss our babies’ sweet milky breath and our toddlers’ stumbles and wonder and giggles. Mine are now grown and I have a grandbaby. She fills me up with sticky kisses which all too soon will turn to eye rolls and tantrums I’m sure.
I wish the best of luck to Meirav and her magical quest. This wonderful and deeply moving show will make so many hopeful parents feel more connected and less alone in their own journey and that is a very, very good thing!
December 12, Mondays at 8pm
6539 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90038