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  Pakalolo Sweet at Berger Park Coach House

Pakalolo Sweet

Berger Park Coach House
6205 N Sheridan Rd Chicago

Meet Junior Boy, a young man who comes from a lineage of pakalolo (cannabis) growers on the North Shore of O'ahu. He is proudly expecting a baby with his girlfriend, Nani. At home he talks story with his girlfriend, best friend, and grandfather during a night of karaoke, beer, and weed. The medical uses, benefits, and cultural aspects of marijuana in pre-contact Hawai'i are explored. What happens next is unexpected and heartbreaking as we witness Junior Boy's struggle to do what he believes is best for his 'ohana.

Presented by Nothing Without a Company

Thru - Oct 5, 2019

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-761-0376

  Pakalolo Sweet Reviews
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Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...The semilegal pursuit of growing pot, with its structural flaw of employees abusing the product, is convincingly evoked. But the oblique references to mental illness aren't developed fully enough to warrant the play's jarringly abrupt conclusion. This piece is the second part of a trilogy but doesn't feel complete enough to stand on its own. I wished afterward that li-Epstein had canned the karaoke party and used that half hour to answer the many questions posed by what could one day be a compelling piece of theater."
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Dmitry Samarov

Windy City Times - Recommended

"...Director Rachel Slavick and cultural specialist Lanialoha Lee have crafted a realistic setting, perfect for an immersive production. Pakalolo Sweet insists you come in, play some cards and shoot the breeze. Their casual party is so enticing and respectful, even rigid introverts are tempted onto Junior Boy's front porch. This atmosphere works until the fourth wall is raised, and reality sets in. The actors race to demonstrate their guilt and frustrations before their world comes apart, but their motivations feel more necessitated by the story than character proclivities."
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Sean Margaret Wagner

Around The Town Chicago - Somewhat Recommended

"...Saturday night's performance of "Pakalolo Sweet" at the Berger Park Cultural Center successfully transported the audience to a beachfront location in modern Hawaii. Chicago's weather cooperated fully! The temperature outside was in the high 70s, a perfect Hawaiian evening. Inside the coach house of this former mansion, the beautifully-set interior, tastefully designed by Mark J. Bracken Jr., melded with the outdoors to reveal a view of Lake Michigan. The city by the lake now became the shores of an island, complete with serene ocean waves."
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Julia W. Rath

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