‘Dead Accounts’ Broadway Reviews

DEAD ACCOUNTS

Katie Holmes makes her much awaited Broadway return alongside Norbert Leo Butz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) in Dead Accounts, a new family comedy written by Theresa Rebeck (the creator of "Smash") and directed by three-time Tony winner Jack O’Brien (The Coast of Utopia).

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NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW

“This comedy about a prodigal son, returned from the wilds of New York City to his family in Cincinnati, seems to float out of memory even as you’re watching it. Ms. Rebeck, the author of ‘Seminar’ and ‘Mauritius,’ keeps throwing out weighty subjects — from the ethics of Wall Street to the existence of God — but never cultivates them into anything approaching a solid existence. They all blur into a single jet stream of semisnappy dialogue before changing course a few times and evaporating.”

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ASSOCIATED PRESS REVIEW

“It’s a brave move for the 33-year-old, who deserves credit for trying hard. But she mostly tries hard to keep up with stage veterans Norbert Leo Butz and Jayne Houdyshell in Rebeck’s oddly thin new play, which opened Thursday at the Music Box Theatre. Director Jack O’Brien struggles to both get the five-person cast to really jibe and the rhythm of the plot to get going.”

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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY REVIEW

“The first act of Dead Accounts plays like a claustrophobically staged TV pilot, goosed by the arrival of Jack’s chilly wife (Judy Greer) and a big reveal just before intermission. But Act 2 is like the second episode of a 13-show season, ending on a mini-catharsis as modest as a churchgoing Midwesterner. A full season (or further re-writing) might have allowed Rebeck to flesh out her promising setup, but this wisp of a show pays steep penalties for premature withdrawal. “

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NEWSDAY REVIEW

“How did Holmes and a bushel of theater talents, including director Jack O’Brien, take a wrong turn into this slim screech of a sitcom, a scattershot slice of stereotypical life with characters as unbelievable as they are unlikeable? Written on commission by a theater in Rebeck’s hometown of Cincinnati, the script pretends to embrace Midwest over New York values but flattens both into insults.”

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HOLLYWOOD REPORTER REVIEW

“A tasty cast helps Theresa Rebeck’s undercooked play go down easily, even if it leaves zero aftertaste.”

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DEAD ACCOUNTS

Katie Holmes makes her much awaited Broadway return alongside Norbert Leo Butz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) in Dead Accounts, a new family comedy written by Theresa Rebeck (the creator of "Smash") and directed by three-time Tony winner Jack O’Brien (The Coast of Utopia).

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