Lisa Kron's one-woman show 2.5 Minute Ride covers a lot of ground. Kron tackles the big issues of racial hatred and man's inhumanity toward one another. She also covers the personal problems of dealing with those uncomfortable family relationships. Taking the form of a slide show of family pictures, the monologue starts back home in Lansing, Michigan. Over the course of some 70 minutes, Kron takes her audience along on a trip to an Ohio amusement park to ride the gut-wrenching roller coasters, to her brother's very orthodox Jewish wedding in Canarsie, then on a journey through Poland with her father, culminating in a visit to the concentration camp where her grandparents were murdered. This acclaimed comic storyteller tells insightful and often hilarious tales, mixing family gossip with brutal honesty about the human condition.
Kron has a way with titles. Her previous Drama Desk Award-nominated show was called 101 Humiliating Stories. She has been writing and performing monologues for more than 15 years now, and her work has been performed in New York, Los Angeles, London and on tour throughout the U.S. She is also an Obie award-winning co-founder of the long-running company The Five Lesbian Brothers.