Section title: Performances; Page title: That’s Weird, Grandma; URL title: thats_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.

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,

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From the Blog: Performances

New Cast! New Stories! “GET OFF THE COUCH” AND JOIN US!

Posted by Molly on April 07

TONIGHT! Join us on the “That’s Weird, Grandma” adventure! Brand new cast:  David Pintor, Rachel Wilson, Nicholas Hart, Michelle Alba, Brandon Cloyd, Rawson Vint, Lindsey Dorcus, Eric Phillips! Here are the stories! Untitled (the Goat That Eat Everything) By Darrin… more »

YOUR LAST CHANCE:  Behind the Monkey Music/Matinees!

Posted by Molly on March 30

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!!!!!!!! The past 5 weeks have been all about the music and the matinees.  You have two more chances, Sunday and Monday, to see and hear this spectacular collaboration of the Barrel of Monkeys team. Starting next Monday,… more »

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