It's nice to see Hollywood A-listers taking the subway, isn't it? We like that. So it was great to see Katie Holmes and a male companion putting on their warm coats this week and travelling into Broadway together. It's been a pretty rough year for the 33-year-old, though she smiled for photographers and went about her business as she made her way to prepare for a performance of her new play Dead Accounts.

In the black comedy, Katie portrays a Catholic woman named Lorna who takes care of her ailing parents. It's currently in previews and has an opening date on November 28, 2012. Wearing an oversized knitted sweater and skinny jeans, Holmes eschewed a private car, or even a cab, and chose to brave the chilly New York weather. She's already received a standing ovation for her role in the new play though still worries about the job at hand, "I have a hard time sleeping because I think about how serious this all is,' Katie told the New York Times of her role.I think about the cost of tickets. I think to myself: You better do a good job. People are paying a lot of money. You want to know your stuff," she recently told the New York Times. Dead Accounts marks the first time Holmes has appeared on Broadway since 2008, when she made her debut in a revival of Arthur Miller's All My Sons.

Over in Hollywood, she'll next appear alongside Jean Reno and William Hurt in a modern retelling of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull.