Andrew White

Andrew White Choricius is the nom-du-web of a theater artist who has been involved in the Washington, D.C. scene in various capacities -- as actor, playwright, director, dramaturg -- for a number of years. Credits include Source, Woolly Mammoth and Le Neon Theatre. As a cultural historian and veteran of the Fulbright Program, he has devoted years of research to the performing arts of the Later Roman Empire (aka-Byzantium). In this bookish role he has translated, performed and published a variety of works from Medieval Greek. He holds a Ph.D. in Theater History, Theory and Criticism, and will soon be publishing his first full-length study on theater and ritual in Byzantium through a major university press in the UK. A Professor of Humanities, he currently teaches World Literature and World History in the greater Washington, D.C. area.


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BWW Review:  Elevator Repair Service's THE SELECT:  THE SUN ALSO RISES an Exuberant Celebration of Hemingway's ClassicBWW Review: Elevator Repair Service's THE SELECT: THE SUN ALSO RISES
Posted: Mar. 2, 2017


BWW Review:  Aura Curiatlas Physical Theatre's A LIFE WITH NO LIMITS Celebrates Stephen HawkingBWW Review: Aura Curiatlas Physical Theatre's A LIFE WITH NO LIMITS Celebrates Stephen Hawking
Posted: Mar. 1, 2017


BWW Review:  Shakespeare Theatre's KING CHARLES III a Necessary Play For Our TimesShakespeare Theatre's KING CHARLES III a Necessary Play For Our Times
Posted: Feb. 15, 2017


BWW Review:  Boston Playwright Theatre's THE HONEY TRAP a Brilliant DebutBoston Playwright Theatre's THE HONEY TRAP a Brilliant Debut
Posted: Feb. 23, 2017


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BWW Review: Quotidian's THE LADY WITH THE LITTLE DOG a Gorgeous Chamber PieceBWW Review: Quotidian's THE LADY WITH THE LITTLE DOG a Gorgeous Chamber Piece
Posted: Jul. 25, 2016


BWW Review:  Elevator Repair Service's THE SELECT:  THE SUN ALSO RISES an Exuberant Celebration of Hemingway's ClassicBWW Review: Elevator Repair Service's THE SELECT: THE SUN ALSO RISES
Posted: Mar. 2, 2017


BWW Review: PHAETON Takes Flight at Taffety PunkBWW Review: PHAETON Takes Flight at Taffety Punk
Posted: May. 10, 2016


BWW Review: American Ballet Theatre's Exquisite SWAN LAKEBWW Review: American Ballet Theatre's Exquisite SWAN LAKE
Posted: Jan. 30, 2017


BWW Review:  Aura Curiatlas Physical Theatre's A LIFE WITH NO LIMITS Celebrates Stephen HawkingBWW Review: Aura Curiatlas Physical Theatre's A LIFE WITH NO LIMITS Celebrates Stephen Hawking
Posted: Mar. 1, 2017


BWW Review: Kennedy Center Hosts Palestinian Artist Raeda Taha's WHERE CAN I FIND SOMEONE LIKE YOU, ALI?BWW Review: Kennedy Center Hosts Palestinian Artist Raeda Taha's WHERE CAN I FIND SOMEONE LIKE YOU, ALI?
March 27, 2017

For years the word "Palestinian" has been synonymous with terror; it hasn't occurred to the mainstream media that beyond the headlines, and just out of the camera's view, are families-many of them now fatherless-struggling to survive and maintain their identity in a world that has grown increasingly hostile to their very existence. Raeda Taha's brilliant autobiographical one-woman show, 'Where Can I Find Someone Like You, Ali?,' provides us with a narrative that is as timely as it is necessary.

BWW Review:  WSC Avant Bard's THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS a Brilliant RevivalBWW Review: WSC Avant Bard's THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS a Brilliant Revival
March 10, 2017

Lee Breuer's The Gospel at Colonus took Sophocles' meditation on mortality, sin and redemption and brought it solidly into the American mainstream. This production of The Gospel at Colonus, revived by WSC Avant Bard under the inspired direction of Jennifer l. Nelson, is one of the most joyous experiences in live theatre you are likely to see.

BWW Review:  Elevator Repair Service's THE SELECT:  THE SUN ALSO RISES an Exuberant Celebration of Hemingway's ClassicBWW Review: Elevator Repair Service's THE SELECT: THE SUN ALSO RISES an Exuberant Celebration of Hemingway's Classic
March 2, 2017

Elevator Repair Service, a New York company with a decided literary turn, has brought its lengthy but satisfying staging of Hemingway's first novel, 'The Sun Also Rises,' to Shakespeare Theatre Company's Landsburgh stage for a healthy Washington run. For Hemingway fans, this is reason enough to make a pilgrimage downtown; for theatre enthusiasts, even those who wouldn't normally touch Hemingway with a 10-foot-pole, the sheer exuberance and creativity of the ensemble should be a huge draw.

BWW Review:  Aura Curiatlas Physical Theatre's A LIFE WITH NO LIMITS Celebrates Stephen HawkingBWW Review: Aura Curiatlas Physical Theatre's A LIFE WITH NO LIMITS Celebrates Stephen Hawking
March 1, 2017

It's especially gratifying to see companies like Aura Curiatlas Physical Theatre return to Washington with a fascinating new work, A Life With No Limits, dedicated to the life and ideas of the Nobel physicist Stephen Hawking. Aura Curiatlas has developed a unique, intensely physical brand of performance without words, incorporating circus and dance techniques into narratives that are eye-popping in their execution and touching in their meaning.

BWW Review:  Boston Playwright Theatre's THE HONEY TRAP a Brilliant DebutBWW Review: Boston Playwright Theatre's THE HONEY TRAP a Brilliant Debut
February 23, 2017

Last weekend I visited one of my friends in the great theatre town of Boston; while there I got to see an exciting new play that by rights should be produced here in the Washington area, and soon. A new playwright, Leo McGann, born and raised in Belfast, has written 'The Honey Trap' and it is a work as mature and necessary as any I have seen--and over the years I've seen quite a lot.

BWW Review:  Shakespeare Theatre's KING CHARLES III a Necessary Play For Our TimesBWW Review: Shakespeare Theatre's KING CHARLES III a Necessary Play For Our Times
February 15, 2017

Times like these call for plays that directly address our anxieties; and Mike Bartlett's King Charles III is about as timely and necessary a play as we're likely to see. For all its indulgent verbal sprawl the Shakespeare Theatre Company has served Washington theatre audiences superbly, with a stellar cast and a politically taut drama written in the finely-tuned pentameter that once made, well, Shakespeare himself so famous.

BWW Review:  Mosaic Theatre's HOODED, OR BEING BLACK FOR DUMMIES a Compelling Journey of IdentityBWW Review: Mosaic Theatre's HOODED, OR BEING BLACK FOR DUMMIES a Compelling Journey of Identity
February 2, 2017

Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm's new play Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies, receiving its world premiere with Mosaic Theatre Company, examines the dangers of identity, prejudice and identity politics from a variety of angles. This is an unforgettable, complex study in identity that for all of its tricks and turns is one of the more psychologically, spiritually rich plays you are likely to see on the stage.

BWW Review: American Ballet Theatre's Exquisite SWAN LAKEBWW Review: American Ballet Theatre's Exquisite SWAN LAKE
January 30, 2017

As with all classic ballets in order to bring it to the stage you must breathe new life into it, and create a narrative that balances fidelity to the original with the genius of the modern choreographer. Not to mention the unique talents and personalities of each dancer. Kevin McKenzie, ABT's Artistic Director, brings this 19th-century classic into the 21st century with great sensitivity, but also with a sense of fun and celebration.

BWW Review: Next Stop's MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Warm Winter FareBWW Review: Next Stop's MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Warm Winter Fare
January 24, 2017

Adventurous theatre-goers, take note: a short drive beyond the Beltway, just off the Dulles Access Road, sits Next Stop Theatre Company, a troupe with a growing reputation for solid acting; their current production of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing is an excellent introduction to the growing theatre scene in Herndon, Reston and beyond-a scene which will become much closer as the Silver Line makes its progress to Dulles Airport.

BWW Review:  Pinky Swear's LIZZIE Rocks the Revenge MusicalBWW Review: Pinky Swear's LIZZIE Rocks the Revenge Musical
January 16, 2017

Just in time for those winter, presidential inaugural blues, Pinky Swear Productions comes along offering the ultimate rock-scream therapy session with Lizzie, a musical dedicated to America's most famous real-life axe-murderer. Not for the faint-of heart, this is a musical that by rights should be featured in this Saturday's women's march, a reminder that women are perfectly capable of getting in their digs (or whacks, as the case may be) when pushed to the edge.

BWW Review:  Pointless Theatre's KING UBU A Riotous Middle Finger for the HolidaysBWW Review: Pointless Theatre's KING UBU A Riotous Middle Finger for the Holidays
December 19, 2016

If you've had enough of the holiday cheer and are in desperate need of a chaotic romp, you could do a whole lot worse than Pointless Theatre's whimsical production of Alfred Jarry's anarchic satire, King Ubu. Decked out in costumer Ivania Stack's fuzzy, teddy-bear pajamas, the cast crackles with the energy of the cocky, petulant high-schooler that Jarry once was. The result is a 2-hour tour of Shakespeare as interpreted by a drug-addled adolescent.

BWW Review:  Craig Wallace's Triumphant Scrooge at Ford Theatre's A CHRISTMAS CAROLBWW Review: Craig Wallace's Triumphant Scrooge at Ford Theatre's A CHRISTMAS CAROL
December 2, 2016

It's that time of year again-and one of the city's grand annual traditions has returned to the stage, with fresh faces to add excitement to an already wonderful celebration of the Yuletide season. Ford's Theatre Society's production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol brightens downtown Washington with its irrepressible good cheer and optimism-at a time when many are in real need of it.

BWW Review: METROPOLIS at Constellation Theatre a Showcase for Tom TeasleyBWW Review: METROPOLIS at Constellation Theatre a Showcase for Tom Teasley
November 21, 2016

There are few films that truly stand the test of time: Fritz Lang's expressionist masterpiece Metropolis, with its dystopian vision of mad scientists and machines devouring all of humanity, is one of them. The visual elements are so striking and the story line so compelling that it has attracted a cadre of composers in recent years. Although often set to a rock soundtrack today, Constellation Theatre's house composer Tom Teasley has created a thrilling, propulsive musical setting that is more than a match for Lang's own amazing work.

BWW Review: MILK LIKE SUGAR at Mosaic Theater A Sensitive Portrayal of Teen GirlhoodBWW Review: MILK LIKE SUGAR at Mosaic Theater A Sensitive Portrayal of Teen Girlhood
November 9, 2016

It is timely to have a show that focuses like a laser on the complex psychology of young women, as they make their first awkward steps into adulthood. Mosaic Theater's commitment to confronting our deepest community issues continues with Jennifer Nelson's stellar production of Milk Like Sugar, Kirsten Greenidge's Obie-award winning drama about teenage girls navigating their way through their high school years, the most treacherous of all.

BWW Review: Next Stage's EURYDICE Shows Sarah Ruhl in her Early GloryBWW Review: Next Stage's EURYDICE Shows Sarah Ruhl in her Early Glory
November 1, 2016

Playwright Sarah Ruhl, confronted with her beloved father's death, must have wrestled hard with how to honor his passing, without losing herself in the process. Her play, Eurydice-in Jay D. Brock's production at Next Stop Theatre-is in some ways a witty take on the old Orpheus myth, but the wit is clearly in service of something more personal and contemporary.

BWW Review: ANGELS IN AMERICA:  PERESTROIKA Completes Roundhouse & Olney's Theatrical TriumphBWW Review: ANGELS IN AMERICA: PERESTROIKA Completes Roundhouse & Olney's Theatrical Triumph
October 5, 2016

Roundhouse and Olney Theatre's joint production, while long by contemporary theatre-going standards, is as rewarding and heart-warming an evening of theatre as you will ever see. Director Ryan Rilette guides his all-star cast with a sure hand, and the results are unforgettable.

BWW Review:  Keegan Theatre's WHAT WE'RE UP AGAINST a Hip Comedy ClassicBWW Review: Keegan Theatre's WHAT WE'RE UP AGAINST a Hip Comedy Classic
September 28, 2016

Exquisitely timed for the final run to the White House, Keegan Theatre 's production of 'What We're Up Against' is a whomping good time. GIven the theme of male mediocrity confronted by female professionalism, comparisons between the characters onstage with current candidates and talking heads will be inevitable. This is just the comic jolt this town needs, see it now!

BWW Review:  Roundhouse & Olney's ANGELS IN AMERICA:  MILLENNIUM APPROACHES an Artistic and Historic TriumphBWW Review: Roundhouse & Olney's ANGELS IN AMERICA: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES an Artistic and Historic Triumph
September 15, 2016

Angels in America: Millennium Approaches is not just a national treasure, it is a glimpse of history in the making; it is a then-marginalized community seizing the stage, demanding attention, and beginning the long process of changing hearts and minds across the country. To watch the kaleidoscope of characters, brilliantly portrayed here by some of Washington DC's finest actors, can be incredibly moving. Not just for the performances themselves, which are memorable indeed, but for how those performances remind us of the changes this play made possible.

BWW Review: Scena Theatre's REPORT TO AN ACADEMY Shows Kafka at his Unnerving BestBWW Review: Scena Theatre's REPORT TO AN ACADEMY Shows Kafka at his Unnerving Best
September 12, 2016

One of the show's most fascinating aspects is the choreography of McNamara's movements; Red Peter tends to morph into the Variety Show act he was trained to perform, shuffling from side to side and raising his hat and cane as if for applause. But the divorce between the 'performer' and his soul is painfully obvious, and the sense of self-alienation is made all the more poignant in moments when Peter retreats upstage to cradle his head and rock himself sane, before reaching once again for his half-pint bottle of Schnapps.

BWW Review: Mosaic Theater's SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF A Reflection of Our TimesBWW Review: Mosaic Theater's SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF A Reflection of Our Times
September 6, 2016

When you have a chance to see a seasoned actor like Craig Wallace, gifted with quiet charisma, performing a one-man show and embodying three inimitably American characters, all I can say is - stop reading this drivel, just go see the man. Director Eleanor Holdrige has collaborated with Wallace to create a timely meditation on fame, race, music, and the tragedy of a generous soul trying to survive in a cynical, brutal world. Mosaic Theater has launched its second season with a quietly powerful show that should leave audiences with a renewed appreciation for an American legend whose depth of character is rarely acknowledged.



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