“Totman is amazing at keeping us guessing as to what her persona will reveal about her next. The four main characters are so good you can’t imagine them being anybody else offstage. And that is probably the best compliment you can offer an actor. I highly recommend Portland Playhouse’s Detroit, especially for the acting.”
DENNIS SPARKS, PORTLAND THEATER CRITIC
“Sometimes, I worry that I’m biased toward the spectacle of theatre—I love, love a big flashy show with all the bells and whistles. And then I see a show like 21ten Theatre’s LAUGHING WILD, and I remember that really great theatre doesn’t need any bells and whistles at all. A person in a chair delivering a 30-minute monologue can be just as riveting as a flying carpet, especially if that person is Brooke Totman. Her monologue is a master class in inhabiting a character”.
“The Benefits of Gusbandry works the straight-gay friendship thing, deliciously thanks to sharp writing and spirited performances by Brooke Totman and Kurt Conroyd.”
THE NEW YORK TIMES
“The real magic of The Benefits of Gusbandry is the unreal chemistry in the casting. Totman and Conroyd don’t just own their roles as Jackie and River, they embody them. If you’re looking for a comedy that’s down-to-earth, which still has a real heart AND real laughs, forget about cheesy sitcoms with stereotypical characters and a laugh-track. This is your ticket right here, and it’s the perfect comedy to watch with your partner in crime, no matter who they are.”
PURE GRAIN AUDIO
“Brooke Totman is straight-up comically delicious. She’s Kristen Wiig with a sprinkle of Leslie Mann when they’re both a little drunk, tired and horny.”
Jackie (Brooke Totman) is a 40-year old straight woman who’s recently been dumped. River (Kurt Conroyd) is her dream man – except he’s gay. The story of their friendship is just as awkward as it is endearing, like a more honest Will & Grace.