If you've never seen an anencephalic newborn, do yourself a favor: Do not look for one on Google. You don't want to see. Anenecephaly is a disorder whereby a developing fetus fails to grow most of its skull and all of its forebrain, meaning (A) that it looks like a toad and (B) it will never gain consciousness. Stare into the eyes of the rare anencephalic who survives outside the womb and nothing stares back; there is no "there" there. Still, military insurance will not usually cover the abortion of anencephalic fetuses, which is the conundrum at the heart of Elizabeth Heffron's Mitzi's Abortion. It is, according to our sister paper Seattle Weekly, a play that is "not without humor" and "neither pro-choice nor pro-life... [that gives] voice to the frustrating ambiguity of even the most hopeless of situations."
Mitzi's Abortion opens at 8 p.m. Saturday at Infinite Abyss at Empire Stage (1140 N. Flagler Drive, Fort Lauderdale.) Tickets cost $30. Visit infinite-abyss.com.
Sat., Oct. 15, 8 p.m., 2011