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Katie Holmes is back on Broadway, starring in Dead Accounts, a new play by Theresa Rebeck.
Thursday night was the show’s opening night. Holmes stars as Lorna, who lives with her parents in Cincinnati. Her brother returns home with some new secrets to reveal to the family. The play also stars Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz and is directed by Jack O’Brien.
According to USA Today, the former Mrs. Tom Cruise had a wide smile on her face after the show, clearly enjoying being in front of an audience again. She was later spotted at the after-party with her parents, Brooke Shields, Maggie Grace and Lily Rabe.
As for the critics, Holmes earned a mixed response. The New York Times noted that she did appear “much more at ease playing a worn-down country mouse to the hyped-up city mouse of Mr. Butz” than she did four years ago on Broadway in All My Sons.
“Gamely unkempt and lumpen, Ms. Holmes suggests what might have happened to Joey Potter, the ultimate girl-next-door she once portrayed on TV in Dawson’s Creek, had she never found true love or left town,” the Times adds.
USA Today agrees that she is more comfortable in Dead Accounts, but “her restless, shouting Lorna is too much of an overgrown kid. That's certainly part of the character, but you can't help but wonder what a slightly more mature, nuanced actress might have brought to the role.”
The Huffington Post said that she was “convincing” in the role.
Dead Accounts is playing at the Music Box Theater through Feb. 24.