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Theater Wed May 23 2012
Seventeen(!) entries make up the review That's Weird, Grandma (TWG), staged by Barrel of Monkeys (BOM), an education-arts theatre company whose mission includes fostering and supporting the creative voices (in an open teaching environment) Chicago Public School students since 1997.
BOM sponsors a six-week residency in creative writing for grades 3-5, culminating in the staged works held at the Neo-Futurarium. At the end of each residency, a collection of stories is selected for performance. This season's collection included vignettes from the sublimely ridiculous to the poignant reflection of loss.
Zombie Story (written by Ethan R., Loyola Park After School Program): It's a game show, a lot like the game Zombie Apocalypse, but if you want to survive a round to the winner's circle, you have to answer correctly questions like, "You find a strange man walking in the alley. Do you...Talk to him..."
Cheerleaders! (Julie F., 3rd grade, Cleveland), a rockin' and rollin' blow by blow about a cheerleading squad and the challenges and fun they have taking the title.
The Day I Was Catching Lightning Bugs (Antonio M., Dewey), about a boy catching 13 lightning bugs, keeping them in a jar for only a few minutes and releasing them into the night to relight the evening atmosphere -- and being OK with that.
D'Marris' (4th grade, Kohn) Super Wolf & Super Dog uses his tale of a superhero duo to tell about a father who passed away before his child could meet him. As Super Wolf and Super Dog commiserate and compliment one another on their super abilities, Super Wolf explains the origin of his powers: "I got my super powers from my granddad because my dad died when I was born". Super Dog consoles Super Wolf: "you still has you" (sic). Makes you think. We're sad for Super Wolf, and thank goodness he's got a best friend in Super Dog to show him the super power called "friendship."
This Sunday at 2pm is the last matinee performance, but there is an open run on Mondays at 8pm from here on out at the NeoFutrarium, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. Sunday, June 24, BOM is scheduled to perform at the Logan's Square Farmers' Market, at the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival on Saturday, July 21, and on Wednesday, July 25 BOM opens their second home at the Logan Square Arts Center (2800 N. Milwaukee Ave., 2nd floor), with its production That's Weird, Abuelita running July 25 to Aug. 18, with performances in Spanish and English. For more information, visit the Barrel of Monkeys website.