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

THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA

WHEN: Mondays at 8pm
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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Visit the Moon with That’s Weird, Grandma!

Posted by Joe on January 26

Tonight, a very special story joins That’s Weird, Grandma! THE ASTRONAUT by Jimmy S., Morton School of Excellence There was a little boy who wants to go to outer space to see the moon but his mom said he… More

This week in TWG, birds have a hard time

Posted by Joe on January 16

Wing Attack! And Tragic Fireworks both bring hard times for birds this week! Check out Wing Attack! and Tragic Fireworks on our story archive! Say “Then I did what I was born to do. ” to Ambar at the box office… More

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“There is laughter, fun, joy in every step of the creative writing process in this program.”

–Elsa Carmona, Principal, Little Village Academy