The brothers, Maureen Angelos, Babs Davy, Dominique Dibbell, Peg Healey, and Lisa Kron, have performed together for years in various combinations working out of the WOW Cafe Theatre. Many early collaborations, such as Pair of Dykes Lost, directed by Lisa Kron, were created before all the brothers were present. They became a company in 1989 and, as a group, they write and perform their own material. Three of the group were trained in theatre; Dominique is an art student, and Babs has a degree in museum curating. All of them come from different parts of the country: Angelos from Washington, D.C.; Davy from Minneapolis; Dibbell from Claremont, California; Healey from East Northport, New York; and Kron from Lansing, Michigan. In their years together, they have developed a common language that facilitates their communal writing and researching. They share cultural source material, such as books and videos, and improvise to develop their plays, which explore such dark themes as homophobia and sexism with satire, parody, farce, and an occasional musical number. In an interview with Kate Bornstein, Dibbell stated that their philosophy is "irreverence . . . for the pre-set rules for what 'lesbian theatre' is supposed to look like or say. And . . . we're all drawn to both the stupid joke and absurd humor."
The three full-length plays developed by all the Brothers are Voyage to Lesbos, Brave Smiles . . . Another Lesbian Tragedy, and The Secretaries, which premiered at the WOW Cafe Theatre; the latter two plays added the directing perspective of. Kate Stafford. In addition to their appearances at WOW, the Brothers have performed in New York at the Downtown Art Company, Dixon Place, La Mama, the New York Theatre Workshop, and Performance Space 122, as well as in cities throughout the United States.
Their characteristic way of working is to conceive, create, and rehearse a