Join us for our 14th year of Barrel of Monkeys’ critically acclaimed smashing hit.

THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA

WHEN: Most Monday evenings throughout the year
WHERE: The Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland (directions)
TICKETS: $6 for kids, $12 for adults

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

“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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What's New in TWG?

Super Singer at That’s Weird, Grandma!

Posted by Joe on July 02

Join us Monday and meet a super singer! Here is the story: Super Singer By Jamesha H., Chalmers School of Excellence I would wear a skirt and shirt my super weapon is a mic. My mission is to sing. … More

Two new characters join That’s Weird, Grandma!

Posted by Joe on June 10

The Coo-Coo Lady and OG Granny join the cannon of characters that have entertained audiences at the Neo on Monday nights! Check out these two gals! Crazy Lady By Eukyirah W., Morton School of Excellence Once there was a woman… More

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“Barrel of Monkeys made me feel like a artist in writing and turning my writing into songs. They made me feel like a spectacular student not just a regular student.”

–Jasmine S., Morton Elementary