Dr. Scott predicts that, with technology constantly evolving, the field of genetic diagnosis is the one which holds the greatest promise. One day soon, he believes, doctors will be able to evaluate who can get pregnant “easily” — and who can’t.
Such pre-knowledge, he believes, can only result in more happy endings — like the one Brooke Shields and Chris Henchy are currently experiencing. Now over the devastating postpartum depression (incidentally, studies have shown no connection between infertility problems and PPD), Brooke is returning to her ‘charmed life’ — with a healthy two-and-a-half-year-old, and a new baby on the way.
“As natural as we’d all like it to seem, it’s important for women to be aware of potential problems and to take control,” she urges.
“Two eggs do not an omelette make”
The new musical, Infertility (The Musical That’s Hard To Conceive), was written by transplanted-from-the-Midwest New Yorkers, Amy and Chris Neuner. It’s a poignant and humorous look at infertility, based on the journal Amy kept over a five-year period of trying to become a mom.
The musical (with great voices, signing good songs!) follows the journey of three sets of people longing to become parents: a heterosexual couple not unlike the authors; a lesbian couple; and a career woman with a ticking bio-clock.
Typical of the in-your-face but humorous material in the show, Chris Neuner admits that the idea came to him on one of his numerous visits to the doctor “to collect a specimen”. “I was sitting there, trying to do my thing, and I thought, ‘This is a musical!’”
And because he figured “nothing is taboo in New York!”, he set to work writing songs that are both droll —“Two eggs do not an omelette make.” “I’m bouncing checks at the sperm bank” — and poignant: “We used to make love and the whole house shook/Now we make love by our date book.”
Chris and Amy can also share a happy ending. At their first attempt at IVF, they conceived twins, now two-and-a-half.
Will their musical cause some seat-squirming because of its very subject? “Laughing at things is the best medicine — if you can hack it,” says Chris. And Brooke Shields agrees: “The quicker you can get past the taboo of it, the faster you can ask the questions you need to ask.”
Go see it! As Chris Neuner says: “Names have been changed to protect the infertile.”
Infertility is playing at Dillons Dinner Theatre, 245 West 54th Street, Thurs.-Sat. at 7pm, through December 31. Tickets, $60, from www.smarttix.com.