Writer-performer Sandra Tsing Loh, who enjoyed an extended run of her solo, Aliens in America, at L.A.'s Tiffany Theatre last year, followed by a run of the show at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Nov. 29, 1999-Jan. 15, 2000, is now preserving the show on radio. She's doing the last of five live performances of the piece, May 14, for L.A. Theatre Works' "The Play's the Thing" radio series, to be broadcast at a later date on KCRW.
The KCRW gig, which began May 10, is a natural for the actress, since she already has a weekly segment on the station, "The Loh Life." (The LATW mounting of Aliens in America flips schedules with the drama, Another Time which will now happen May 31-June 4; Stacy Keach, Miriam Margulies and Jeffrey Jones will star. Aliens also replaces the drama Stop Kiss on LATW's spring season schedule.)
Directed by David Schweizer, Aliens consists of three separate comic vignettes dealing with growing up middle-class Chinese-German in southern California. The final segment catches her after freshman year at Caltech. Loh herself calls the show "Not PC...Y2K!"
Satirist Loh's last solo show, Bad Sex With Bud Kemp (also directed by Schweizer) enjoyed a sold-out run at the Tiffany in the fall of 1998. Her books include "Depth Takes a Holiday," "Essays From Lesser Los Angeles" and "If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home By Now."
Schweizer began his career in New York in the 70s as a Joseph Papp protege. He has directed extensively in L.A., New York and at regional theatres. Most recently he helmed the acclaimed production of George Abbott's Broadway at the Actors Gang in Hollywood. For tickets and information on Aliens in America at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd, call (310) 872-0889.
-- By David Lefkowitz & Willard Manus