Sunday, April 14, 2024

“Dead Accounts” Cutting Its Broadway Run Short


This time it’s no fun to be right. But I told you two weeks ago that “Dead Accounts,” the play with Katie Holmes as a featured player, was not going to make it. Yesterday producers announced the Theresa Rebeck written play will close on Sunday, January 6th. It was supposed to run through February 24th.  It’s not Katie’s fault, or the actors’, or director Jack O’Brien. “Dead Accounts” is a slight piece of work, ready for off Broadway at best. Also, it’s barely a two-acter. It could have played without an intermission. It’s no wonder that so few people would cough up more than $100 a ticket to see it. Those poor actors, all talented, weren’t able to fill a third of the Music Box Theater every night. Someone wrote that Katie Holmes should have been able to attract more customers. Nonsense. The play got bad reviews, not her. She did fine, so did everyone else including Norbert Leo Butz. Next time, producers should take a hard look at the material.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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