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

THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA
That’s Weird, Grandma is on a break for the month of May. Monday evening shows recommence June 8!

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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The Monkey Minute!

Posted by Amanda Farrar on April 29

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The Monkey Minute!

Posted by Amanda Farrar on April 09

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“I'll miss you guys so much, you made me start to love writing. I'll keep this notebook forever.”

–Marquisha, 5th grade, Chalmers Elementary