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Photo Flash: Barrel Of Monkeys' THAT'S WEIRD, GRANDMA: Star-Studded Stories


Pop culture icons take center stage in the newest revue of Barrel of Monkeys' much lauded sketch show: THAT'S WEIRD, GRANDMA: Star-Studded Stories, directed by Company Member Mary Tilden, playing Sundays at 3 pm fromJanuary 20 - February 17, 2019 at the Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are currently available or by calling (773) 506-7140. The press opening is Sunday, January 27 at 3 pm.

The cast to date includes Juanita Andersen, Bryan Bosque, Kaylyn Carter, Maya Haughton, Barry Irving, Jasmine Jordan, Laura McKenzie, Meredith Milliron, Stewart Romeo, Rawson Vint and Steph Vondell.

Witness pop culture legends live onstage - or at least pop culture legends as 3rd - 5th graders imagine them! BOM performers portray stars past, present and fictional through outrageous dialogues, musical numbers and short sketches adapted from stories by Chicago elementary school students.

Now in its eighteenth year, THAT'S WEIRD, GRANDMA features adaptations of stories written during Barrel of Monkeys' creative writing residencies in Chicago elementary schools. BOM's ensemble of professional actors, comedians and musicians bring the young authors' stories to life as raucous sketches, songs and movement pieces, performing first for students in their schools and then for the public. These stories - from hilarious dialogues between unlikely characters to poignant pleas for social change - resonate with adults while celebrating the imaginations of young people. Every week brings a new line-up of stories, and BOM invites audiences to vote on their favorites at each performance.

Photo Credit: Evan Hanover.

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