I didn't notice the first time around exactly how phallic the bat swinging was during the baseball scene, but when shown from the back... wowza. It's super noticeable, along with the awkward stumbles on Ivy's part. But hey, at least she doesn't fall off a stool like a daydreaming Karen does.
Derek talks to Ivy during intermission and tells her to focus. Tom says that he shouldn't talk to someone like that, but Derek says it is the only way to deal with someone who is off their game. They are both probably a little right, but it really undoes all of Derek's niceness from his scene the day before.
Now, I realize that this is a workshop, but maybe it would be better to have Michael in a suit that was a little more period-correct to Joe's wardrobe. And dancers in outfits that aren't tank tops and Capri pants. Or even clothes that matched, even if they were modern. It's all very distracting -- especially given all that talk about the chorus blending -- to have Karen there in a bright red long-sleeved shirt (isn't it HOT in here?) while other people are in striped tanks.
Michael, in his modern suit, is singing "On Lexington & 52nd Street", a break up song between Marilyn and Joe. Halfway through they zoom out to him singing to Julia in an empty darkened room. He's crying by the end of it. Michael sells it, but really, aside from the fan scene to mimic the subway scene, it is pretty dull. Such little dialogue we get to see. Why couldn't they use the fans to cool the audience of "important" people?
The air comes on just as they finish up. Leigh is clapping like a wild seal. Jonathan is cutely supportive of Tom, and Tom takes off on him for... no real reason. Derek's backstage telling the cast that they were fantastic, even though it's mostly lies. The entire chorus dishes about whether the show will actually go anywhere, and Karen defends her decision to stay instead of going to meet with a famous music producer. "I wouldn't have missed it for the world." Derek tells Eileen they need to rethink some things, she pushes him off as she's distracted by her martini-making bartender.
Leigh says wonderful things about the direction and Joe, but not about her Ivy. Ivy yells at her and talks about how she sucks up the air in the room. She even compares her to Marilyn's mother. Leigh sees this as a good thing because Marilyn is a legend, Ivy sees her as a drug-addicted disaster. Derek witnesses this lovely maternal scene play out.