‘Kaikki Oikein’ Is a Tale of a Lottery-winning Couple Who Turns Arrogant in a Funny Way

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Eevi and Kari Puttonen (Minna Hämäläinen and Stefan Karlsson) are cashing in the jackpot. Kimmo Rasila (right) plays the clerk. Picture: The Turku City Theatre

The expression “money makes you blind” becomes a reality in Kaikki oikein (Winning Numbers), a play at the Turku City Theatre, when a couple Eevi (Minna Hämäläinen) and Kari (Stefan Karlsson) Puttonen win in the lottery and start living what is supposed to be the Finnish dream.

In one scene, during a fancy dinner in a fancy restaurant, Eevi pours down a drink after another and starts showing a different, more arrogant side of her.

Eevi still remembers the childhood traumas of being bullied and her cheap parents. Kari, on the other hand, is a wimp, and the more he drinks the wimpier he becomes. The friends of Eevi and Kari are also on the verge of losing their nerves after the couple becomes somewhat intolerable.

The play is based on a novel and script by Anna-Leena Härkönen, a Finnish writer famous for her snappy, simple dialogue. Härkönen interviewed real lottery winners for the script.

Kaikki oikein is directed by Heikki Paavelainen, who wanted to highlight certain moments of happiness during the play. The set is minimalistic and staged in cooperation with Veikkaus, the Finnish gaming monopoly, which provided the play with real lottery balls and other props. Veikkaus contributes its yearly proceeds to the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. The ministry distributes the funding further among others sports, science and, yes, the Finnish arts.

Kaikki oikein is a humane and funny play about a dream that only the very few will experience during their lifetime. The dialogue is also simple enough to be experienced by anyone interested in improving their Finnish.

More Info

Kaikki oikein, in Logomo centre of culture, Köydenpunojankatu 14, Turku. Showtimes: 29.8 (the 2nd premiere) at 19:00, 5.9 at 14:00 and 19:00, 11.9 at 19:00, 12.9 at 14:00 and 19:00, 22.9 at 19:00, 29.9 at 19:00. For further schedule check here.