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September 2, 1991 | CRISTINA LEE
Starting a food-processing company is like having a baby, said Laurie S. O'Brien, who with her husband, Richard, operates a fledgling tortilleria in Newport Beach. You plan it, nurture it, labor over it and take pride in the result, said the 36-year-old entrepreneur, who two months ago gave birth to the couple's second daughter. The major difference, said the O'Briens, is that it took longer to plan their young company, Catalina Foods Corp.
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September 2, 1991 | CRISTINA LEE
Starting a food-processing company is like having a baby, said Laurie S. O'Brien, who with her husband, Richard, operates a fledgling tortilleria in Newport Beach. You plan it, nurture it, labor over it and take pride in the result, said the 36-year-old entrepreneur, who two months ago gave birth to the couple's second daughter. The major difference, said the O'Briens, is that it took longer to plan their young company, Catalina Foods Corp.
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BUSINESS
March 14, 1992
A small tortilla manufacturer in Newport Beach announced Friday that it has signed agreements with two supermarket chains that will allow it to expand its market into Northern California and Illinois. Catalina Foods Corp., which makes tortillas under the Familia de Sonora brand, said it will sell its tortillas at Jewel Food Stores' 227 supermarkets in the Chicago area and 67 Raley's Supermarkets in the Sacramento and San Francisco areas.
NEWS
February 20, 2003 | F. Kathleen Foley
Times Like These: Loosely based on the real-life tragedy of an Aryan matinee idol and his Jewish actress-wife crushed under the juggernaut of the Third Reich, Padua Playwrights Productions' beautifully balanced drama by John O'Keefe, who also directs, reverberates with terror, humanity and hope. Laurie O'Brien plays Meta Wolff, while Norbert Weisser is Oskar Weiss, the star-crossed lovers whose cozy marital microcosm implodes with Hitler's ascension to power.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1992
Any situation where administrators are permitted to set their own salary rates in addition to the salaries of the workers is based on one premise: that these administrators are virtuous. My husband, a mechanic with the city of Torrance, is one of the 1,528 employees who will not receive a cost-of-living increase this year. We must make an out-of-pocket insurance contribution to an HMO that offers us such a poor choice of physicians we are forced to pay for a private pediatrician for our baby.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2013 | By Philip Brandes
Unless you have a high tolerance for selfish behavior, “Lake Anne” probably won't float your boat. This downbeat new drama about an ex-ballerina and her developmentally disabled son proves a leaky vessel with which to launch the Road Theatre Company's first full season in its impressive second location, a 77-seat performance space in the NoHo Senior Arts Colony. Awash with clumsy, filler-laden scripting and uneven performances, Marthe Rachel Gold's play revolves around Anne (Laurie O'Brien)
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 1987 | JANICE ARKATOV
"Sure it's daunting," said South Coast Repertory artistic co-director Martin Benson of the prospect of staging George Bernard Shaw's "Misalliance" (just-opened on the theater's main stage). "But there's also the security of knowing no matter what I do to it, the play will endure. "There's the sense with this that Shaw is having more fun with his writing: If he wants to bring in a new character--fine, he has her crashing through a greenhouse.
BUSINESS
April 28, 1992 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For all the attention paid to big business, it's worth remembering E. F. Schumacher's observation on the subject: "Small is beautiful." Consider a marriage made in business. He was an investment specialist and she was a retail manager. They chucked their corporate careers and formed a professional, as well as personal, partnership--in their own small business. In doing so, they went from working five days a week to seven. They have to worry about every facet of their fledging food business, from the payroll to the deliveries, but Laurie O'Brien says she and husband Richard will never turn back.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 22, 1999 | MICHAEL PHILLIPS, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
Any theater, any time, I'll take the insanely uneven over the OK. OK shows tend to whittle away at a theatergoer's passion far more insidiously than outlandish indulgences, risky belly-flops, the berserkly inconsistent. Before long, the whittling has made its evil mark, and the buzz surrounding a given theater's latest work has become no more compelling than "Yeah, it was OK." "OK" isn't what leaps to mind regarding the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble's mounting of "The Greeks."
NEWS
October 24, 2002 | F. Kathleen Foley, Special to The Times
Veteran playwright John O'Keefe takes a largely forgotten tragedy of the Holocaust and exploits it to devastating effect in "Times Like These," a Padua Playwrights production at 2100 Square Feet. O'Keefe, who also directs, loosely bases his play on the real-life story of Meta Wolff and Joachim Gottschalk, married actors crushed under the juggernaut of the Third Reich.
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