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

ON STAGE NOW: That’s Weird, Grandma: The Summer Strikes Back
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WHEN: Mondays at 8pm, June 13 - August 15
WHERE: The Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland (Directions)
HOW MUCH: $6 for kids, $12 for adults

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What is That’s Weird, Grandma?

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.

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 and exciting for you? Our current round is That’s Weird, Grandma: The Summer Strikes Back.

 

Some reviews of the show...

“THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA is for everyone. Everything about Barrel of Monkeys is amazing, their talent for teaching and acting, their mission and vision, their impact, and how they put a smile on everyone’s face.”

–Eden Diez, Buzz Chicago

“Audience members can expect to spend most of the show uncontrollably laughing, giggling, snorting, and perhaps accidentally farting from the abundance of laughing, giggling and snorting. ”

–Ashley Campbell, Edge Media Network

“...between songs, the performers gave more insight into the work they do with the students, describing prompting them with pictures and memories, and teaching them about personal narrative and persuasive argument. This inclusion kept the adult in me interested in Barrel of Monkeys and the importance of their work, while the guilelessness of the children’s material, enhanced by the creativity of the performers, kept the kid in me laughing and giggly for an entire hour.

–Colleen Cottet, Edgechicago.com

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“The most important thing that I learn was writing is full of magic. The best thing you will like about the barrel of monkey is having a world of imagination.”

–Daniel, Lorca Elementary