The Critic and the Drama Queen

Presented by Theatre Corrobora
Written by Hailey Colwell
Performed by Aidan Jhane Gallivan and Hailey Colwell
Featuring Original Music by John Hilsen
Assistant Director – Ash Willison
Stage Manager – Morgan Strickland
Production Manager – Kendra Kallevig



“‘We’re such good friends. We can say mean stuff like this to each other and it doesn’t mean anything.’

When they met in high school drama club, actress Aidan and writer Hailey seemed the least likely people to become friends. Now, years later, they’re roommates with a well-balanced friendship. But, one disagreement sets off a feud about artistic priorities and changing dreams.”

THE CRITIC AND THE DRAMA QUEEN explores the tensions between critics and artists while chronicling the rise and fall of a friendship. It profiles two young women staring at their futures — one with optimism and the other with uncertainty. It follows two divergent personalities and how they can work together and work to destroy each other. It also experiments with using real-life relationships as stimuli and when to draw the line between reality and fiction.
THE CRITIC AND THE DRAMA QUEEN was produced in tandem with Raw Sugar’s presentation of FADEAWAY GIRL by Rachel Petrie. Presented together as “Based On/ A True Story”, at The Southern Theatre November 2017.


Lighting Design by Brittany Eastburn
Sound Design by Josh Stallings




“The show offers a lot for theater people to chew on, but both artists (who co-created the piece, with a script by Colwell) have an instinct for entertainment and a knack for taking themselves seriously without getting too heavy-handed about it. It’s fun to watch the contrast between their personae, with Gallivan vamping around reciting Shakespeare while Colwell curls up and eats Corn Pops… Add it to your list of productions to be thankful for this year.” – City Pages


“In the play, there is tension in the friendship due to the fact they both love theater, which is how they became friends in high school, but they’re involved in different ways. Hailey accuses Aidan of always wanting to be the center of attention, and Aidan accuses Hailey of sitting safely at home not aware of the effect of her words (as someone who writes about theater, I found the discussion of theater criticism very interesting and relatable). There was a bit of meta pre- and post-show activity that really made you feel like you were spying on these women in their friendship. In the play, their disagreements tore the friendship apart, but the real life friendship seems to be very strong and productive.” – Cherry and Spoon



Thursday, November 16, at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 17, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 18, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 19, at 2:00 p.m.

The Southern Theatre
1420 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis


Promotional image by Galen Higgins / Production photos by Dan Norman