WI's Milwaukee Repertory got its 1997-98 season off to a high-profile start with Angels In America, then got some less happy news when managing director Dan Fallon announced he wouldn't renew his contract after its term expired June 30. The search continues for his replacement, with spokesperson Allison Dall-Knox predicting (Jan. 20) an announcement in the spring. As of Mar. 2, no replacement had been announced.
Meanwhile, the company will host the U.S. premiere of Richard Nelson's The General From America, Mar. 4-Apr. 5, opening March 6. The play, which was commissioned and premiered by the Royal Shakespeare Company in London, depicts the last few days of the Revolutionary War at West Point including the moment when Benedict Arnold goes from true patriot to America's "best-known traitor."
Edward Morgan is directing the piece, with Laurence Ballard playing Benedict Arnold and James Pickering playing George Washington.
Ending the Milwaukee Rep season is The School For Wives, in which a wealthy bachelor raises a young ward to be the perfect wife. He intends to marry her when she comes of age, but foils his own plan by unwittingly helping a handsome suitor win her heart. Moliere's farce, directed by artistic director Joseph Hanreddy, runs April 15-May 17.
At the Stackner Cabaret space From My Hometown, an 1960s-70s R&B revue conceived by Lee Summers, Herbert Rawlings Jr. And Ty Stephens, runs March 7-April 26. For tickets or more information on shows at Milwaukee Rep, call (414) 224-9490.