Sunday, July 31, 2016

Take the Kids While It's Still Summer! Barrel of Monkeys (BOM) Every Monday Night

Chi, IL LIVE Shows On Our Radar:

That’s Weird, Grandma
written by kids. performed by grownups. enjoyed by humans.

Sometimes it's easy to put off seeing the long running shows. They're always there... every week. Well don't. There's a reason they're long running shows. They're just that good! Barrel of Monkeys' (BOM) is one of those. They are long time favs of ours here at ChiIL Mama & ChiIL Live Shows. The kids and adults in our family all adore them. The rotating scenes are written by Chicago area school kids, then brought to the stage by pros with hilarious results. Barrel of Monkeys truly is the bomb. Take your kids while they're out of school and can still sleep in on Tuesday morning. We practically guarantee you'll laugh a LOT.

BOM has been doin' their thang for 15 years now!! Still, with a Monday show time (so their theatre friends can go on what's usually a dark day for other theatres), it's tough to bring school age kids, though the show is written by kids and is fine for all ages. Do note, it is short(ish) and generally over by 9pm, so it's not a crazy late night, especially for summertime. Here at ChiIL Mama & ChiIL Live Shows we highly recommend them, because really, what's more fun that a Barrel of Monkeys?! 

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

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.

Save the Dates:
Upcoming Rounds!
That’s Weird, Grandma: It Came from the Voting Booth
Mondays at 8pm, August 22 - October 3 and October 24 - November 28

That’s Weird, Grandma: The Holiday Special Returns
Mondays at 8pm AND Sundays at 2pm, December 4 - December 26

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