Mobile comedian/actor Steve Evans took his offbeat stylings to the Windy City for most of the last decade but has now returned with new material and is bringing it to LoDa, where Evans will unveil an original work for the first in his hometown.
On Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m., the courtyard of OK Bike Shop at 661 Dauphin St. will be the setting as Trained Monkey Productions, in association with downtown’s noted (or is that notorious?) Walker brothers, present “Bro. Luther Powell vs. the Tobacco Demons.” The one-man play wowed a standing-room-only audience during the Windy City’s Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins Theater Festival in 2013.
With a nod toward classic regionally inspired characters like Bro. Dave Gardner, Luther Powell strides the stage in evangelist fashion, striving against the allure of “cigarettes, whiskey and wild, wild women.” His comic testimonial pulls together a wide range of subjects – who knew Hitler rebuked schnapps because it made him “mean?” – that all culminate in laughter.