Join us for the 15th year of Barrel of Monkeys’ critically acclaimed hit!


written by kids. performed by grownups. enjoyed by humans.

That’s Weird, Grandma is a variety show of short sketches and songs adapted from stories written by students in Barrel of Monkeys’ arts education programs. The weekly show, now in its 15th year, runs the gamut from clever and funny to touching and poignant, and includes live music, original song-and-dance numbers, wigs and props galore, and a rotating cast of talented professional actors who celebrate the imaginations of children through this raucous performance.

WHEN: Every Sunday at 2pm, from Feb 14 - March 20, 2016 (View Full Calendar)
WHERE: The Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland (Directions)
TICKETS: $6 for kids, $12 for adults

Remember, the show is on a break for the month of January! We will be back in full force for our Sunday matinees, beginning on February 14.

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Upcoming Rounds of That’s Weird, Grandma

You probably already knew that the show changes every week, as we adapt new stories and audience members vote on their favorites. But did you ALSO know that we divide the show into “Rounds” with special themes, in order to keep the show fresh, dynamic, and exciting?

Our Next 3 Rounds are:
February 14 - March 13: The Winter Wonderland Matinees
March 20 - April 11: That’s Weird, Grandma: The Musical
April 17 & 18: The 15th Anniversary Shows


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,

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What's New in TWG?

Worsts and Bests Celebrated at That’s Weird, Grandma!

Posted by Joe on September 30

Learn about “the Worst Zoo” and some of the best BBQ at That’s Weird, Grandma on Monday! Check out a persuasive argument exploring the benefits of more BBQ in your life! Buffalo Joe’s Argument By Jamari J., Dawes… More

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“The residency was fantastic, very motivating. I was amazed by how much my students enjoyed it.”

–Elva Smith, Dewey Academy