Monday, November 4, 2013

ACT OUT: Fam Friendly Sunday Matinees Return - Barrel of Monkeys Warms Up Winter With THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA

Kids Write It. We Do It. World Saved!
Sunday Matinees Return January 26 – March 30, 2014
Monday Night Performances Resume March 2 – 31, 2014
Barrel of Monkeys' long running (12 years and counting...) weekly production THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA is a pure delight.   The kids and I have gone several times over the years, most recently last Monday, and I don't know who laughed harder.   These witty actors truly are the BOM and the scripts taken from actual Chi-town school kids are hilarious.
If you've got littles with school or an early day job and the usual 9pm end time on a Monday is a deal breaker, you're in luck.   Winter Sunday matinees are back!   This show is generally aimed at adults/written by kids --truly "must see" theatre for all ages.   So go already.

Barrel of Monkeys is pleased to bring back the popular Sunday matinees series of its long-running, critically acclaimed revue THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA playing January 26 – March 30, 2014 at the Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. in Chicago.  Then, it’s “March Monkey Madness” with two weekly performances from March 2 – 31, 2013 when Monday evening performances resume!  THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA is conceived and written by Chicago Public School students and adapted for the stage and performed by Barrel of Monkeys Company Members.  Clever and funny – touching and poignant – the collection of short sketches are equally entertaining for both adults and children. The line-up changes each week by audience vote – so no two shows are ever the same.  For tickets, reservations and information visit or call (312) 409-1954.

Barrel of Monkeys, a Chicago-based arts education theater ensemble now in its 16th season, conducts creative writing workshops with 3rd through 5th grade students in underserved Chicago Public Schools. The ensemble of actor-educators then turns their stories and words into professionally-performed theater, presented both in-school and for the general public through its revues. Barrel of Monkeys annually performs more than 300 student-written stories for the students in their schools and 175 stories on the stage for the general public.

Barrel of Monkeys’ CHICAGO’S WEIRD, GRANDMA (featuring weekly guest artists and companies) plays from October 28 – December 2, 2013 and THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA: THE HOLIDAY SPECIAL (featuring an array of holiday themed favorites) plays December 9, 2013 – January 13, 2014.

Title:  THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA: Winter 2014
Written by:  Chicago Public School Students
Adapted for the stage by:  Barrel of Monkeys Company Members
Featuring:  Barrel of Monkeys Company Members
Location:  Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. in Chicago
Dates: Sundays at 2 pm January 26 – March 30, 2014.  Mondays at 8 pm March 2 – 31, 2014.
Tickets:  $12 for adults; $6 for children under 12. Tickets are available at or by calling (312) 409-1954.

About Barrel of Monkeys
Since Barrel of Monkeys’ inception in 1997 it has worked in 57 Chicago Public Schools. More than 7,000 lower-income elementary school students have participated in the Barrel of Monkeys programs that provide a rare opportunity for creative expression and build literacy skills, self-esteem and confidence in student ideas and abilities.

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