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Too Good to be True
10 Busy Street
Toronto, ON
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Too Good to be True
TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE is a dark comedy by Cliff Cardinal who was recently honoured by double-Doras, and an Edinburgh Festival Award, for the script and performance of  his incendiary solo play Huff.  The superb cast of TOO GOOD is led by Cheri Maracle as Maria, a beautiful fabulist and dauntless mom on the lam with her teenage children, played by Patti Shaughnessy and Ryan Cunningham.  As the police close in, Maria borrows an empty house and holds a last supper with her budding son and pregnant daughter.

Jude    Mom, you left us at the motel.
Lisa      For three days.
Maria    Well.  I'm not perfect.  

VideoCabaret is best known for Michael Hollingsworth's THE HISTORY OF THE VILLAGE OF THE SMALL HUTS, an epic cycle of plays honoured by annual Dora Nominations & Awards since 1985, including Outstanding Actor for Michaela Washburn for her performance as Louis Riel in The Confederation Plays 2017. The company has received a Critics' Award for Ensemble Extraordinaire; the author was awarded a Silver Ticket for Outstanding Contribution to Toronto Theatre.

Currently, VideoCab is sprinkling fairy dust and sweeping away sawdust, launching a new play in our own new venue. We can't wait to see you relaxing in one of our fifty velvet-esque seats, delighting in the crazy luxury of live theatre in a virtual age.  All this and more -- we are just steps from Queen streetcars, parking, and tasty food-spots, and a monster-secondhand-mart.  


Cliff Cardinal  (Playwright and Director) is known for the dark humour and compassionate poeticism of his work. He has been influenced by VideoCabaret's ensemble since he was a teenager watching rehearsals of Michael Hollingsworth's New France at the Cameron House in 2000.  He acted in The Saskatchewan Rebellion in 2007, and over the past decade has used VideoCab resources to help develop and produce his plays. As Associate Artist Cliff is now collaborating with resident lighting designer Andrew Dollar, and with costume designer Sage Paul, to bring his own highly theatrical style to VideoCab's black-box stage.  Cliff was born on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to iconic Canadian actress Tantoo Cardinal; he is a graduate of the National Theatre School, a veteran of many stages and screens, and has played his music on three continents.  Cliff is best known for -- which has been published, translated into French, continues to tour, and will be released as a CBC podcast in April 2019.

Cheri Maracle (Maria) is an actress and singer from the six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Her work has been honoured by multiple award nominations. Selected credits: Sleighbell Sweethearts (Hallmark), Blackstone (APTN,CBC), Murdoch Mysteries, Moccasin Flats (CBC; We'll Always Have Toynbee, The Road Forward (NFB). Theatre: Everything I Couldn't Tell You (Theatre Centre), The Road to Paradise (Crow's Theatre), The Rez Sisters (Belfry Theatre), Death of a Chief (National Arts Centre).  Cheri's music can be found on iTunes.

Ryan Cunningham (Jude) is a status-pending Cree Nhiyaw from Amiskwacîwâskahikan  (Edmonton, Alberta) and Michel First Nation. He is a former Artistic Dirctor of Native Earth Performing Arts where he originally produced Huff by Cliff Cardinal.  In 2017 he founded Cunning Concepts & Creations which continues to tour the Dora Awardwinning production. Acting credits include: Grand Hotel, Oh, What a Lovely War!, An Octoroon, The Madness of King George III (Shaw Festival);  King Lear, Ecstasy of Rita Joe (National Arts Centre) and the TV series Blackstone.  

Patti Shaughnessy (Lisa) is a curator, director, performer and producer of theatre and multidisciplinary projects. Directing credits include: Ananna A/S (Casa Matriz), Rosa Marie-p tiquartikkaluarnera (The Occupation of Heather Rose);  Arnatsialaat (The Rez Sisters) for the National Theatre of Greenland; and the premiere of Drew Hayden Taylors Cottagers and Indians at Tarragon Theatre (2018). She is a member of Curve Lake First Nation #35, home of the  Mchi-Saagig Nishnnabeg and a descendent of Irish superheroes who settled in the Kawartha Lakes region circa 1825.  

Andrew Dollar (Lighting Design, Stage/Production Management) is a Dora-Nominated lighting designer of the past four History Plays; Sound Designer of Krapp's Last Tape (Swan/VideoCab Co-Production 2018). Stage-management credits include fourteen shows with VideoCab and Live Wrong and Prosper; Second City Guide to the Symphony (The Second City).

Sage Paul (Costume Design) is an urban Denesuliné tskwe based in Toronto and a member of English River First Nation. She is an award-winning artist & designer, and the founder and Artistic Director of Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto.  Her work has shown at the Art Gallery of Ontario's First Thursday, Harbourfront Centre, The Centre for Craft, Creativity and Design (North Carolina, USA), and at Western Canada Fashion Week.  She has designed costumes for Kent Monkman, Darlene Naponse, Danis Goulet and more.

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10 Busy Street (View)
10 Busy Street
Toronto, ON M4M 1N8


Arts > Theatre

Minimum Age: 14
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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