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That's Weird Grandma 

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After a monthlong hiatus, this show by the Barrel of Monkeys ensemble is back--and it's still brimming with infectious fun, simple joy, and lots of laughter. In just under an hour, an enthusiastic ensemble of multitalented adult actors presents 17 hilarious songs and sketches based on creative-writing projects done by kids in Chicago's public schools, their energy levels rivaling those of schoolchildren on recess or sugar highs. On occasion the stories deal with weighty subjects--death, love, loyalty, loneliness--but from a child's perspective. And they're presented with plenty of pop-culture references, nods to various performance genres, and winks at the adults in the audience. Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland, 312-409-1954. Open run: Mondays, 9 PM. $8.

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