THE DOMINO HEART by Matthew Edison. See listings, page 74, for details.
The talented Rosemary Dunsmore has her finger on the pulse of what makes theatre magic. She hasn't acted on a Toronto stage for years, but she's made an impression behind the scenes directing and turning up the emotional wattage in shows like Fighting Words and Walking On Crimson. Her recent acting work out of town includes an award-winning turn in Wit.
Dunsmore returns to centre stage in the Tarragon's latest, Matthew Edison's The Domino Heart, a trio of pungent portraits of characters linked by a transplanted heart. Playing Cara, whose husband dies in a car accident, she bookends the evening with monologues that show Cara's realization of the depth of her love and how that love continues to affect others.
Edison -- better known as an actor (Proof, Midnight Sun) -- has concocted an emotional suspense piece that uses the heart as both a tangible object and a potent metaphor to examine three people's troubled lives. This is a show about what beats beneath the surface, and Dunsmore, who shares the stage with David Fox and Raoul Bhaneja, has the intelligence and well, the heart to bring Edison's script to life.