by Stuart Munro@StuartMunroTO
Meanwhile, Karen is pushing for her roommate, Ana, to audition for the Diva, but Derek doesn’t seem that interested. So Ana decides to “audition” while the whole company is at a seedy bar and, surprise surprise, gets the part (even if her audition wasn’t that awesome). Scott and Julia, it seems, have a painful history together that involved him getting booted from a directing gig at Lincoln Center, and it’s all Julia’s fault. She, fifteen years too late, apologizes, and Scott tries to bridge some of the gap by giving his condolences for her recently ended marriage.
Tom opts to get some directing advice from Derek (“How do you sleep at night? I’m seriously asking.”) before giving Sam the hard news that there’s no role for him in the show. Sam (who’s left his job with The Book of Mormon despite not having a new contract?!) equates this with Tom not being ready to handle a relationship which . . . doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. Tom’s new hard-assed approach spills over to the rest of the company, and Julia, which makes for a more believable director/ensemble relationship. But he also agrees to cast Ivy’s mother to play Marilyn’s mother without consulting Ivy first. So that should be fun.