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Fringe 2017 Review: The Fringe: No Dick Pics Please

By Doreen Nicoll
Published July 31, 2017

Last night I had the privilege of being in the audience for No Dick Pics Please. Written and starring Robin Zee, No Dick Pics Please is one woman's journey through childhood rape, human trafficking, and life at the infamous Mustang Ranch brothel in Nevada. It's Robin's story and it's a zinger.

Robin's life has had its wondrous moments as well. Moments that bond Robin with women in the audience.

Finding out she was pregnant changed Robin's life forever. Like most soon-to-be mothers she cleaned up her act - albeit she may have had to do a little more sprucing up than others, began voraciously reading parenting expert Barbara Coloroso and reveled at the chance to become a mother at 42 years of age.

And it's clear to every person in the audience that Robin loved her daughter, loved being a mother, and more importantly for Robin, was a great mother. What Robin hadn't anticipated or planned for was becoming a single parent.

As every mother knows, the joy of children is short-lived, because if you've done your job right they grow up to become independent people who launch into their own journey, separate yet parallel to yours. Robin recently found herself an empty nester when her daughter went off to university.

Not ready to throw in the towel and live life as the proverbial cat lady, Robin boldly enters the unpredictable world of online dating. This is a brave move on Robin's part because, as a survivor of sexual abuse, there's a heightened prospect of triggers that could put her in a very bad place.

Fortunately, Robin is up to the challenge and what has, up till now, been a humorous one woman show suddenly has the audience rolling in the aisles.

An animated, enthusiastic storyteller, Robin masterfully navigates her present and past lives infusing intelligent humour into every moment. It's truly amazing all the living and laughter this woman can pack into 20 short minutes.

No Dick Pics Please
No Dick Pics Please

Doreen Nicoll is a feminist and a member of several community organizations working diligently to end poverty, hunger and gendered violence.


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