- $38 for two tickets to see Ralphie May (up to $68 value)
- When: Tuesday, June 24, at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: The Renaissance Theatre
- Seating: the left or right of the rear orchestra
- Door time: 6:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart.
From the moment Ralphie May steps onstage, he demands attention. His unexpectedly boyish voice that and sizeable frame would be enough to attract notice, but it’s the jokes that really reel audiences in. He tosses off taboo-shredding barbs and stories in his inviting Southern drawl, demonstrating the unique charisma that won him second place in NBC’s Last Comic Standing and launched him into the comedy stratosphere. Ralphie has starred in several Comedy Central specials and DVDs, including Prime Cut, in which he pokes fun at the adorably awful hairstyles popular in his native Dixie, and Too Big to Ignore, in which he muses on the unforeseen perks of resembling a famous transgender celebrity. When he’s not visible on stage, Ralphie can be heard on the podcast Perfect 10 with fellow comedian and spouse Lahna Turner.
The Renaissance Theatre
It might seem easy to guess why The Renaissance Theatre bears its name. Designed in the Grand Baroque style, the auditorium holds evocative moulding adorned with vines and cornucopias, a burbling fountain with a classical statue, and an elaborate lead crystal chandelier that seems pulled from a 19th-century opera house. But there’s an even better reason for the name. “Renaissance” means “rebirth,” and the beauty of The Renaissance Theatre rises directly out of a glorious reawakening.
Known as the Ohio Theatre when it opened in 1929, the stage was originally designed in reaction to the growing movie industry. The building saw such iconic films as the Marx Brothers’ A Night at the Opera and Sean Connery’s To Russia with Love, but, by 1968, the rise of television spelled the stage’s demise. 1979 marked a particular low point in the theater’s history, when it became an adult theater showing seedy stories about swearing while filing taxes. It shuttered its doors shortly afterward—but not for long. In 1984, a multimillion-dollar restoration helped the theater reconnect with its roots and transformed it into the elegant venue it is today.