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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Katie Holmes received mixed reviews on Friday for her Broadway debut in the revival of Arthur Miller's "All My Sons."
Starring alongside Oscar winner Dianne Wiest, Tony winner John Lithgow and Tony nominated Patrick Wilson, Holmes "makes a fine Broadway debut," said Daily News critic Joe Dziemianowicz. Holmes' debut was given front-page coverage in the Daily News.
"Her rather grand speech pattern takes getting used to but she seems comfortable and adds a fitting glint of glamour," he wrote. "Dancing with Lithgow, kissing Wilson, she makes you forget about her being Mrs. Tom Cruise."
Cruise was in the audience for his wife's debut, while outside anti-Scientology protesters chanted "Save Katie, Keep Tom." Cruise is one of the best-known members of the Church of Scientology, founded by science fiction writer Ron L. Hubbard in Los Angeles more than 50 years ago.
"All My Sons" is based on a true story about a successful businessman who knowingly sold the government defective airplane parts during World War Two with tragic consequences. The truth comes out and his life unravels when his son plans to marry his business partner's daughter, Ann, played by Holmes.
"While Ann is supposed to arrive at the Keller household with high hopes and good intentions, Ms. Holmes delivers most of her lines with meaningful asperity, italicizing every word," wrote The New York Times critic Ben Brantley.
"This Ann is straight from the school of the Erinyes (those avenging furies from Greek mythology), and I didn't believe for a second that she really loved the honorable, naive Chris," Brantley wrote.
Holmes shot to fame on the U.S. television series "Dawson's Creek" before marrying Cruise, with whom she has 2-year-old daughter, Suri. Most recently she starred in box-office flop "Mad Money."
"Lithgow starts in a sunny, benign fashion, but eventually finds himself screeching alongside Holmes, looking tough under a glossy wig, and the all-American Wilson," wrote the New York Post critic Clive Barnes.
He said Wiest gave the show's best performance.
"All My Sons" was first performed on Broadway in 1947 and won Tony Awards for Miller and director Elia Kazan. It was adapted for a 1948 feature film starring Edward G. Robinson and Burt Lancaster and then performed again on Broadway in 1987.
Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Bill Trott