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Too Good to be True

Too Good to be True

By Cliff Cardinal
Subjects: Super Short Shows, Mental Health, Ontario Playwrights, Comedy, Family Life, Siblings, Indigenous Playwrights, First Nations
Casting: 2 f, 1 m
Duration: 75 minutes
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780369102904, 96 pages, October 2021
Expected to ship: 2021-10-12


From the acclaimed author of Huff&Stitch comes a new dark comedy about the lies we tell each other in order to make the best of a desperate situation. Maria and her kids—Lisa, a pregnant teenager, and Jude, an excitable preteen—are on the run following the murder of Lisa’s rapist. As the police close in, Maria is determined to give her kids a last supper that prepares them for everything they’re going to need to survive in the world without her.


“You have to appreciate material that doesn’t trap its characters in victimhood. ”

- Radheyan Simonpillai, NOW Magazine

“A darkly comic exploration of family relationships, the power of storytelling, and what it means to have a home. ”

- Allison Gerson, Mooney on Theatre

“This captivating tale of an off-grid mother and her desperate kids solidifies Cardinal as one of the most talented and intriguing writers in the country. ”

- Glen Sumi, NOW Magazine