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The Neo-Futurarium
5153 N. Ashland Ave. Chicago, IL 60640
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4.6 / 5 Rated by 48 members
Review from MusicMusic
239 events 37 reviews

A must see with a very multi-talented and dedicated cast. My first time seeing this and it would appear it is different every week so I plan to return. Stories range from poignant to silly but it is fast paced and fun with some improvisation and...continued

reviewed Nov 28 2016 report as inappropriate
Review from CSL
29 events 10 reviews

The production was a light-hearted review of student-written, but adult-acted vignettes dealing with absurd situations in life. It is a perfect
production when you need a laugh, don't need to think to hard and want to be entertained, and feel...continued

reviewed Aug 01 2016 report as inappropriate
C Anderson
Review from C Anderson
6 events 5 reviews

Absolutely AWESOME! I will definitely go again and bring more friends. A MUST SEE!

reviewed Sep 17 2007 report as inappropriate
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Quotes & Highlights

  • “So respectful of how kids think, it sidesteps “Kids-Say-the-Darndest-Things” syndrome, veering into lunacy, social criticism, even poignancy.” —Chicago Tribune
  • “[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.” —Chicago Reader


March 12-April 9: Stories That Groove
Explore the evolution of music at the annual musical revue. There will be sketches, songs and dance pieces, all adapted from stories written by Chicago elementary school students during creative writing residencies.
Watch a promo video.
March 19 at 7:00pm: Join Barrel of Monkeys for a pre-show conversation with Chicago arts leaders facilitated by BOM Program Director Shá Norman. They’ll be talking about storytelling as self- and community-care, creating social change through theatre, challenging dominant narratives through stories, and other related topics.
Panelists are:
Kurt Chiang – Artistic Director, The Neo-Futurists
Brandon Cloyd – Artistic Director, Barrel of Monkeys
Coya Paz – Artistic Director, Free Street Theater

June 18-July 16: Brand New Stories
July 23-August 27: Stories About Food

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