CHICAGO--Native Chicagoan and film star William Petersen is returning home to appear in the world premiere of Jeffrey Sweet's Flyovers. Opening May 21 at the Victory Gardens Theatre, the play is haunted by the characters' unfinished business. Petersen tackles the rough-and-tumble role of Ted, a blue-collar bully who uses his high school reunion to single out his once and future victim for more adult abuse. Marc Vann portrays Ted's boyhood rival Oliver, the brainy kid who escaped small town America to become a successful film critic. (After living well to achieve his revenge, he is back among the people he now calls "flyovers.") Amy Morton plays Iris, once popular but now hardened by a hard-luck life, while Linda Reiter depicts Ted's troubled girlfriend. Dennis Zacek directs.
Other plays by Sweet include American Enterprise, and Porch.
For information on Flyovers call 312-633-1992. Previews begin May 15 for a run through June 28.
-- By Lawrence Bommer
Chicago Correspondent, and David Lefkowitz