Dead Accounts

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Dead Accounts
Written by Theresa Rebeck
Date premiered November 29, 2012
Place premiered Music Box Theatre
Original language English
Genre Comedy
Setting present day;Cincinnati

Dead Accounts is Broadway play written by Theresa Rebeck. The comedy premiered at the Music Box Theatre on November 29, 2012, and closed on January 6, 2013.[1] The production starred Norbert Leo Butz and Katie Holmes, and was directed by Jack O'Brien.[2]


Dead Accounts was written by Theresa Rebeck, creator of NBC's Smash, whose Broadway play Seminar, closed in May 2012.[3] The show was first performed at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, in February 2012.[4] The Broadway production was directed by Hairspray director Jack O'Brien, and stars Norbert Leo Butz, and Katie Holmes, in her return to Broadway, after her 2008 debut in All My Sons[5] Initially only a 16-week run on Broadway, it was announced that Dead Accounts would close early due to poor ticket sales.[6] The last performance was on January 6, 2013.


Dead Accounts centers on Jack’s unexpected return to Cincinnati, after spending several years in New York City His family, included his sister Lorna, and mother Barbara, immediately suspect he is in some sort of trouble. This is confirmed when Jack's soon-to-be ex-wife, Jenny arrives, and reveals Jack has stolen 27 million dollars.


  • Jack, a banker from New York who returns to his home in Ohio. Norbert Leo Butz portrayed the role in the original Broadway production.
  • Lorna, Jack's sister, who lives at home to take care of her aging parents. Katie Holmes portrayed the role in the original Broadway production.
  • Barbra, Jack's mother. Jayne Houdyshell played the role in the original Broadway production.
  • Phil, Jack's best friend. Josh Hamilton portrayed the role in the original Broadway production.
  • Jenny, Jack's estranged wife. Judy Greer portrayed the role in the original Broadway production.


Dead Accounts received mixed-to-negative reviews from most critics. Entertainment Weekly called the comedy "engaging, but unsatisfying", but said Holmes was not believable.[7] Ben Brantley of the New York Times criticized the show for not settling on a single tone or subject matter. However, he did praise Butz's performance, as well as the supporting parts of Hamilton and Greer. Brantley also noted that Holmes was more at ease than she was in her 2008 Broadway debut in All My Sons.[8]