It must be nice to be single, wealthy, and in a Broadway comedy these days for New York resident and mom Katie Holmes. The 33-year-old actress is staring on Broadway in the family comedy “Dead Accounts,” created by Theresa Rebeck.
“Dead Accounts” is a play about a prodigal son who’s unexpected return home to Cincinnati, throws his family into turmoil, which consequently drives his sister Lorna (played by Holmes) to seek answers surrounding questions about his life during the years of his absence. Overall the play tackles corporate greed, small town values and a families unconditional love.
According to a New York Times interview with several cast members and “Dead Account’s” creator, Holmes’ star power was primarily responsible for the play’s Broadway launch. Theresa Rebeck told the New York Times: “Bringing the play to Broadway got much, much easier once we had Katie…, And Katie was the actress I wanted. She is just so beautifully Midwestern. You can see it in her face. She is transparent, and she is a listener. And while she doesn’t have a lot of stage experience, she’s hungry for it.”
Katie tells the “Times,” she’s not all that different from the her character, Lorna, who was forced to move back home with her parents following a failed relationship. “I still think of myself as Midwestern,” Holmes tells the newspaper.
Though “Dead Accounts” doesn’t officially open until November 29, Holmes made her first curtain call on Monday night as the show’s performances are currently in preview.
Critics are not allowed to critique the early previews, however, the Washington Post reports Holmes’ Monday night performance earned cheers.
“People.com” reports, “Holmes brought… a touch of improvisation, in her return to the Broadway stage.” The website points out that she “drew applause on several occasions, notably, when a telephone she was using in one scene broke, and she deftly fixed it without skipping a beat, even punctuating her dialogue by slapping the broken piece back into place.”
Reportedly, Holmes “also earned cheers for a defiant speech about Wall Street greed – a recurring theme of the play, according to “People.”
One of the more glowing critiques came from “The New York Daily News” critic, Joe Dziemianowicz, who wrote: “Holmes, a TV and film vet, makes a fine Broadway debut. Her rather grand speech pattern takes getting used to, but she seems comfortable and adds a fitting glint of glamour.”
Holmes, told the “New York Times” that she has been taking her role in “Dead Accounts” quite seriously; “I think about the cost of tickets. I think to myself: ‘You better do a good job. People are paying a lot of money.’ You want to know your stuff.”
Some media outlets quickly jumped out the gate to report Holmes’ steamy kiss with her married co-star, Josh Hamilton during one of the scenes in “Dead Accounts.” The hoopla seemed to pivot on several reports that claimed, Hamilton had developed a “crush” on the “Batman Begins” star, during production of the Broadway comedy. However, sources close to Hamilton say they are simply friends.
The “Chicago Sun-Times” reports a source saying “Katie is not interested in anyone romantically right now. She is completely consumed with providing Suri a stable home-life and doing a great job with [the] play.”
In the play, Holmes and Hamilton play love interests, Lorna and Phil in the five-character production.
Since her split with Cruise, the single mom has reportedly been committed to spending most of her time with 6-year-old Suri and work.
The actress is often times photographed with Suri and a handful of stuffed animals as she engages in her day to day activities.
Hurricane Sandy eventually forced Holmes to take Suri, and abandon their home, as the power outage caused by the storm, couldn’t be restored.
The pair reside in a luxury building in Chelsea, which is within walking distance of Suri’s school.
Huffington Post reports, mother and daughter checked into the exclusive Mark Hotel on the Upper East Side, while they wait for power to eventually be restored to city residents.
Though Cruise has spent very little time with Suri since his highly publicized split and divorce with Holmes, multiple sources including “Female First” in the UK, and “OK! Magazine” have reported that the family plans to spend the Thanksgiving Holidays together in Telluride, CO.
One source tells OK! Magazine: “Tom and Katie are determined to show Suri that they’re still friends and devoted parents… They know it will means so much for her, and both are happy to swallow their pride to make sure she has a fun holiday. Thanksgiving has always been a really big deal for them.”
Overall, Holmes appears to be in a good place since her split with Cruise. Sources close to the star told “The Insider,” “Katie’s happy, she’s a totally new person.”
Radar Online reports: “Katie Holmes has been living ‘blissfully happy’ since her split from Tom Cruise.”
The website was told that Holmes is more often than not wearing a smile on her face, which was conspicuously absent when her and Cruise were together. Moreover, the Broadway actress is cherishing her liberty after years of living in fear of Scientology. And she especially enjoys the freedom to see her family as she pleases.
According to Radar, “she used to fret if she was ever single, now she’s happy to be alone,” enjoying Suri and her independence.
Written By D. Chandler