After weeks of rehearsals, Katie Holmes finally made her Broadway debut Thursday night in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons. How did she do?
Holmes’s director, Simon McBurney, is similarly impressed. “Her journey was immense,” he told PEOPLE. “It was awe-inspiring to watch her work. It was unexpected for me. She was charming, always ready to work … an amazing talent.”
But theater critics were less effusive.
“She handles her role … with neither distinction nor embarrassment,” declared Variety, noting that Holmes is overmatched by stage vets John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest and Patrick Wilson. But while she “lacks the technique to match her costars depths,” the trade journal does praise Holmes for her “attractive modesty.”
USA Today called Holmes’ performance “one note” and “strangely flat.” Still, they said, “she exhibits a girlish exuberance that could serve her well in certain stage roles.”
But Holmes did win over perhaps toughest critic in the audience, Arthur Miller’s daughter, Rebecca. (This is the first revival of the theater legend’s 1947 work since his death in 2005.)
“Katie Holmes is really right for the part,” Rebecca, a filmmaker who’s married to Daniel Day-Lewis, told reporters. “I’m only a little heartbroken that my father is not here.”
• With reporting by Jeffrey Slonim