'Smash': 'The Workshop' hits the right note in spite of the heat


The potential investors may not have been wild about "Marilyn" based on the workshop performance -- a confusing notion, to say the least -- but "Smash" itself mostly hit the right note with Monday's (March 19) episode, guest-starring Bernadette Peters as Ivy's (Megan Hilty) mother, Leigh Conroy.Ivy continues to slip into the role of Marilyn Monroe in the least healthy of ways: a toxic romantic relationship, a disapproving mother, pill popping and a strong desire for stardom. But she still pulls it out for the performance -- as Marilyn herself often did -- despite a couple of literal stumbles in the too-hot rehearsal space during the workshop. Were there supposed to be more downfalls in the performance than what viewers actually saw, though? Because the critics lampooning the workshop -- and Derek's (Jack Davenport) harsh criticism of Ivy seemed to come out of left field, unless, of course, Derek's critique was supposed to be interpreted...



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