Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre

LOU'S VIEWS: Civic Theatre's ‘Pippin’ lacks magic

September 14, 2013
Exceptional production values stand out from rest of an unfocused production. Fun added by brief 3D sequence.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Jokes old but spirits high in B&B burlesque show

December 31, 2011
Lou Harry
Taking a break from the typical B&B fare, “Jack Milo’s Baggy Pants Burlesque” begins knowingly, with a wife dragging her husband to the theater.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Best in shows for 2011

December 24, 2011
Lou Harry
Highlights included the ISO's Opening Night Gala, Civic's "Drowsy Chaperone," and the opening of the Miller House.
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LOU'S VIEWS: The 2011/2012 arts season begins ...

September 17, 2011
Lou Harry
Indianapolis City Ballet's "Evening with the Stars" and Civic's "The Drowsy Chaperone" get things off to a great start.
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Civic debuts to new but eager audience in CarmelRestricted Content

September 10, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The not-for-profit musical theater company has grown its subscriber base and raised $2.6 million toward a $10 million goal, Executive Director Cheri Dick said.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Indy Opera's 'Carmen' shows upside of downsizing

March 19, 2011
Lou Harry
When word went out that one of the three Indianapolis Opera presentations this season would be a production of “Carmen,” sans chorus, sans full orchestra, sans biggie-size sets, and sans Clowes Hall stage, it was perfectly understandable that some patrons may have lowered their expectations.
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Civic Theatre gears up for capital campaign

July 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Actress and former Indiana Repertory Theatre staff member Megan McKinney has been hired to prepare for the three-year fundraising initiative.
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LOU'S VIEWS: In Defense of Rodgers and Hammerstein

March 20, 2010
Lou Harry
Indianapolis Civic Theatre and Footlite Musicals take on musical theater milestones "Oklahoma!" and "Carousel."
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Carmel performing arts center raises curtain on new name

February 11, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Carmel's new 1,600-seat concert hall will be called "The Palladium," part of a marketing effort designed to generate more financial support for the city's performing arts center.
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Financial flexibility drew Civic Theatre to Carmel center

November 19, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Civic Theatre could take as long as 20 years to pay the $10 million fee it agreed to as part of a deal to relocate to the state-of-the-art Regional Performing Arts Center in Carmel.
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Civic Theatre confirms plans to relocate to Carmel

November 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Civic Theatre will move from the campus of Marian University to the Regional Performing Arts Center under construction in Carmel. The theater and Carmel Redevelopment Commission released a joint statement Tuesday announcing a long-term deal that calls for the Civic to pay $10 million to be the center’s primary occupant.
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Civic Theatre considering move to Carmel

September 11, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Civic Theatre, one of the city’s oldest and largest cultural organizations, is considering a move to Carmel’s new performing arts center. Civic informed its current host, Marian University, yesterday of pending negotiations with the Carmel Performing Arts Foundation.
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LOU'S VIEWS: 'Pump Boys,' the IMA's 'Memory Cloud,' and Tarantino's latest

August 17, 2009
Lou Harry
A musical returns with local cast intact, new lobby artwork at the IMA invites revisits, and Tarantino's new WWII movie disappoints.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Rate expectations ... reviewing without stars

May 11, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, two community theater productions reinforce my decision not to give "star" ratings.
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Stage designer helps theaters bring stories to lifeRestricted Content

March 23, 2009
Ashley Odle
Rob Koharchik, 40, has designed sets for local theaters including IRT and the Civic, developing a national reputation along with a keen eye for detail and an uncanny ability to marry form with function.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Harrison showcases recent additions to the Overman oeuvre

January 12, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, great characters pop off the wall at the Harrison Center, the audience upstages the Civic cast, and a fledgling company fumbles.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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