Plentifuller Pleasure Than A Pallet of Primates

Monday, after work, a group of us headed out to see a show.  Not a movie.  Not a play, exactly.

A show.

header_logoOne of my co-workers is married to an actor, and they have been involved with a theater company called "Barrel of Monkeys" for years.  It's a theater group that does workshops in the Chicago Public Schools where they teach the kids creative writing work shops.  After the workshops, they take the stories, songs, poems, etc. that the kids write, and rework them into sketches that they then perform for the kids.  And then they perform them for the public (they are a charity, and the money from the shows funds the workshops).

As much as possible, they leave the story as the kids wrote it, but then they embellish it.  And since it's based on what the kids wrote, the stuff can get a little trippy.

They turned this "Buy one – Get one – Free" into a fun round.

The theater where the show is performed is in a neighborhood called Andersonville.  It's the neighboring neighborhood to mine, just a little north east of me.  While it would be within walking distance, it would be a good hike.  But since after the show we went out with some of the cast (like I said, the co-worker's husband was in the show), walking wasn't so much of an option at midnight.

If you're in visiting Chicago with kids on a Monday, I would definitely recommend this.


mo.stoneskin said...

Sounds like a brilliant idea. I'll bet if the kids are really young then the production would be absolutely mad.

Cora said...

Ohhhhhhhh, the imaginations kids have! I bet those shows are something else! :-)

Scope said...

The kids were in, like, the 3rd or 4th grade, usually. So yeah, they were filled with random awesomeness.

Laura - Are We Nearly There Yet Mummy? said...

I could get my kids to write a play. I imagine it would be like tripping on acid!