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Too Good to be True

Too Good to be True

By Cliff Cardinal
Subjects: Mental Health, Family Life, Siblings, Comedy, Indigenous Playwrights, First Nations, Ontario Playwrights
Casting: 2 f, 1 m
Duration: 75 minutes
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780369102904, 88 pages, January 2022
Ebook (PDF) : 9780369102911, 250 pages, January 2022
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780369102928, 250 pages, January 2022


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

“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.”

- Glenn Sumi, 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