Katie Holmes made her return to Broadway on Monday, acting in the first preview performance of the dark comedy play "Dead Accounts," during which she shared a steamy kiss with co-star Josh Hamilton.
The two play love interests Lorna and Phil in the new five-character production from Theresa Rebeck, creator of NBC's musical drama series "Smash." The play is directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien and also stars Norbert Leo Butz, formerly of the Broadway musicals "Rent" and "Wicked," film actress Judy Greer and Jayne Houdyshell, another theatre star and "Wicked" alum.
Holmes' character is a Cincinnati women who is trying to piece her life back together. Butz plays her brother, Jack, who returns home unexpectedly, without his wife and with a whole lot of money, and causes some family drama. Hamilton's character, is his childhood friend. Paparazzi photos of the actor kissing Holmes on stage were posted on websites of outlets such as Us Weekly.
The 33-year-old "Dawson's Creek" alum and ex-wife of Tom Cruise drew applause during several scenes, including one that saw her fix a telephone prop that broke unexpectedly, and after giving a "defiant speech about Wall Street greed," according to People magazine.
After the performance, Holmes was snapped taking a subway. The actress moved to New York City with her and Cruise's daughter Suri amid her split from the actor.
The website E! Online, which posted a photo of her sitting inside the train, said the actress "and her bodyguard were spotted cutting through Times Square and then he accompanied her on the train." The subway service in New York City has largely been restored since Hurricane-turned-Superstorm Sandy devastated the area and other parts of the East Coast last week.
Hamilton, 43, is known for on-screen roles in films such as "The Bourne Identity," "Alive" and "J. Edgar." He made his Broadway debut in 1983 as an understudy in the comedy "Brighton Beach Memoirs" and went on to star in the plays "Proof" in 2000 and "The Coast of Utopia" in 2007.
Holmes last starred in a Broadway production four years ago - between October 2008 and January 2009, she played Ann in a revival of Arthur Miller's "All My Sons" alongside Dianne Wiest and John Lithgow. The play marked her Broadway debut.
"I have to fix this - [Broadway] can't just be every four years," Holmes told WWD magazine in September. "It's a medium I really enjoy ... I'm a schedule person. I like to have a routine. You're also very in touch with your audience - they're very much a part of the show, which is obviously something you don't have in film."
"You get to know people in a different way," she said. "I think both film and stage are so challenging, but in different ways. With film, yeah, you have another take, but a lot of the time you're losing the light, so you better nail it on that take. I haven't found any part of acting to be easy."
"Dead Accounts" currently runs at the Music Box Theatre in New York City and opens officially on November 29. You can get tickets here.
(Pictured above: (L to R): Judy Greer, Josh Hamilton, Katie Holmes, Norbert Leo Butz and Jayne Houdyshell attend the "Dead Accounts" Broadway cast photocall at Sardi's in New York City on Oct. 12, 2012.)