That’s Weird, Grandma has received favorable reviews from the following publications: The Chicago Sun-Times, TimeOut Chicago, The Chicago Reader, Chicago Social Magazine, La Raza, Inside, MetroMix, PerformINK, Chicago Arts & Entertainment, The Daily Northwestern and The Illinois Reading Council Journal.

BOM has also been featured on WBEZ’s 848, WTTW’s Artbeat Chicago, CLTV’s
MetroMix - The TV Show, and WGN-TV’s Saturday evening news.

“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

“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

“[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

“I think all ages would like this play. Grownups would like the play because grownups like funny. I think people would like it because it is very good and the acting is good and everything about it is thrilling. I think Barrel of Monkeys want to make everybody happy who comes to see the show. I think they think the kids who write the stories are smart and cool.”

Ada Grey, age 6, Ada Grey Reviews for You

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 does it all for the children. Their screwball evening of short plays is written by Chicago public school students and performed with abandon to match. The fact that it's also the most entertaining show an adult might stumble upon is just a happy coincidence. The best reason we can think of to live in Chicago on a Monday.”

Christopher Piatt, TimeOut Chicago

“...a retrospective that's part pep rally, part musical theater extravaganza - and one of the most real, uplifting and engaging theatrical experiences in town.”

Lucia Mauro, ChicagoTheater.com

“Audiences can sense that all of the actors are having a great time and giving it their all during the show. Best yet? It's perfect for all ages.”

Dennis Mahoney, Centerstage.net

“The only disappointing part of this hour-long show is hearing the words 'the end.' These are some of the funniest nonfamous people in the city, every time I see them they exceed my expectations.”

Jenn Goddu, Chicago Reader

“...the class-clown performers boast talent matched only by their altruism, and abandon matched only by their expertise. This group is funnier than anything at Second City, more genuinely creative than anything at Lookingglass, and does more good than all the other nonprofit theaters in town put together. If you don't have a good time, there's something wrong with you.”

Christopher Piatt, Chicago Reader

From the Blog

Tom’s 15 Year Anniversary Show TOP 15 LIST

Posted by Joe on April 6

The That’s Weird, Grandma 15th Anniversary Show is just around the corner! Here is a wishlist list from company member Tom Malinowski! That’s Weird Grandma: 15 for 15 Hey! It’s me Tom! And here are my 15 favorite TWG memories!… More

Brad’s 15 Year Anniversary Show TOP 15 LIST

Posted by Joe on April 6

The That’s Weird, Grandma 15th Anniversary Show is just around the corner! Here is a wishlist list from company member Brad! That’s Weird Grandma: 15 for 15 Hey! It’s me Brad! And here are my 15 favorite TWG adaptations. So… More

THE MUSICAL ROUND: Two more weekends left!

Posted by Joe on April 1

That’s Weird, Grandma: THE MUSICAL is only running for two more weekends! This Sunday and 2pm, Monday at 8pm and the same times next week. Thats only 4 more chances to see 15 incredible stories that have been adapted into songs.… More

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“Barrel of Monkeys made me feel like a artist in writing and turning my writing into songs. They made me feel like a spectacular student not just a regular student.”

–Jasmine S., Morton Elementary