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Katie Holmes Draws Applause as "Dead Accounts" Previews on Broadway

By Tim Nudd

Katie Holmes brought star power, and a touch of improvisation, in her return to the Broadway stage on Monday, as the new family comedy Dead Accounts opened for previews.

Holmes, 33, 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.

She also earned cheers for a defiant speech about Wall Street greed a recurring theme of the play, in which Holmes plays a Cincinnati woman whose brother returns home with a load of new money and a missing wife.

After the final curtain, Holmes was applauded during her solo bow, though the standing ovations started only when the full cast took their final bow together.

Holmes who made her Broadway debut in 2008 in a revival of Arthur Miller's All My Sons left the Music Box Theatre, just off Times Square, looking sleek in black pants, a black blazer, a cream scarf, hair pulled back into a bun, and sunglasses.

Asked what it was like to work with Holmes, one of her costars, Josh Hamilton, remarked: "Are you kidding me? She's a sweetheart."

Dead Accounts, written by Theresa Rebeck and also starring Judy Greer, Jayne Houdyshell and two-time Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz, officially opens Nov. 29.