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THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA

WHEN: Mondays at 8pm
WHERE: The Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland (directions)
TICKETS: $6 for kids, $12 for adults

The show is every Monday, all summer long!

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Reservations may also be made by calling our reservation line: 312-409-1954.

Bring a group to That’s Weird, Grandma!

Join us for our 12th year of Barrel of Monkeys’ critically acclaimed smashing hit.

“Every story that you see was written by a child (uh huh). And every child was taught by the Barrel of Monkeys (well well). First we take the stories and perform them in the schools. Afterwards we share them with the world (you are the world).”

So sings the opening song of “That’s Weird, Grandma”—our Monday night public performance where we showcase the amazing talents of our student authors and our company of performers. After teaching creative writing residencies at Chicago Public Schools and working with students to generate literally thousands of creative stories, we have a gigantic repertoire of material to share with you!

Our show changes each week as audience votes tell us which two stories to cut from the show to be replaced by two new stories. SO, you can come see the show again and again. It’s different every time!

Some reviews of the show...

So respectful of how kids think, it sidesteps 'Kids-Say-the-Darndest-Things' syndrome, veering into lunacy, social criticism, even poignancy.”

Christopher Borrelli, Chicago Tribune

“[Barrel of Monkeys'] dedication to harnessing the boldest, funniest, smartest, and sublimest streaks in their kids' literary inventions means they're not just monkeying around. It's a barrel of fun.”

Jena Cutie, Chicago Reader

“The audience, made up of adults, teenagers, and adults who act like children, was in stiches. The clean humor, awww worthy moments, incredible musical talent of the cast, and the honest and touching children's stories was a perfect storm of perfection.

Kendall Guimond, Buzznews.net

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From the Blog: Performances

Yoga and eggs at That’s Weird, Grandma

Posted by Joe on September 28

Need a break from your busy life? Need a tasty treat? We understand! And so do our student authors! This week’s show will feature two That’s Weird, Grandma debuts! Check them out! The Nasty Egg By Eryion H., Chalmers School… more »

WONDERS IN A CAVE, wonders in a play

Posted by Joe on September 19

This week: That’s Weird, Grandma features a story about a cave of wonders! WONDERS IN A CAVE By Vanessa S. Columbia Explorers Academy Once upon a time me and my nephews and nees went to a cave. Then we bought… more »

All new That’s Weird, Grandma!

Posted by Joe on September 14

Come on down and see an all new That’s Weird, Grandma! This week’s show is directed by Company Member Matt Miller! And the show features a very large humpback whale! Say “Don’t drink too much coffee” to Ambar at the box office to get discounted tickets! See you Monday at 8pm!

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