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Too Good to be True

Too Good to be True

By Cliff Cardinal
Subjects: Mental Health, Ontario Playwrights, Comedy, Indigenous Playwrights, First Nations, Family Life, Siblings
Casting: 2 f, 1 m
Duration: 75 minutes
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780369102904, 88 pages, January 2022
Expected to ship: 2022-01-11


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.


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

- Allison Gerson, Mooney on Theatre

“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