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May 21, 1999 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY
At times, theatrical lions stop roaring--and burp. Peter Shaffer's 1990 Tony-winning comedy "Lettice & Lovage," now at Actors Co-op's Crossley Terrace Theatre, is a pop diversion for a writer whose louder works include "Equus" and "Amadeus." In light of the play's innate triviality, its righteous denunciation of the "mere" in modern life is strikingly ironic.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1989 | BOB POOL, Times Staff Writer
Its original neighbors have drifted off like smoke in the wind--giving way to mini-malls and office buildings and glitzy boutiques. The oldest shop on Ventura Boulevard has changed very little in 62 years, however. Gus' Smoke Shop has occupied the same tiny clapboard storefront in Sherman Oaks since 1927. And its owner says it's there to stay, no matter how fast the pace of redevelopment becomes along the 17-mile-long boulevard. "Every week, someone is in here wanting to buy the place," says Jim Hurwitz, who is Gus' fourth owner.
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