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:  Roundhouse Theatre's GEM OF THE OCEAN a Brilliant, Living Homage to August WilsonBWW Review: Roundhouse Theatre's GEM OF THE OCEAN a Brilliant, Living Homage to August Wilson
Posted: Dec. 5, 2018


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BWW Review:  Flying V Theatre's Revue of songs by JONATHAN COULTON a Sheer DelightBWW Review: Flying V Theatre's Revue of songs by JONATHAN COULTON a Sheer Delight
Posted: Feb. 6, 2018


BWW Review:  Forum Theatre's NAT TURNER IN JERUSALEM an Unforgettable, Luminous ProductionBWW Review: Forum Theatre's NAT TURNER IN JERUSALEM an Unforgettable, Luminous Production
Posted: Mar. 21, 2018


BWW Review:  Flying V's SHEILA AND MOBY Refuses to Grow Up--And it's Good News!BWW Review: Flying V's SHEILA AND MOBY Refuses to Grow Up--And it's Good News!
Posted: Nov. 4, 2018


BWW Review:  Keegan Theatre's AN IRISH CAROL a fine, Dublin Take on Dickens' ClassicBWW Review: Keegan Theatre's AN IRISH CAROL a fine, Dublin Take on Dickens' Classic
Posted: Dec. 18, 2017


BWW Review:  Roundhouse Theatre's GEM OF THE OCEAN a Brilliant, Living Homage to August WilsonBWW Review: Roundhouse Theatre's GEM OF THE OCEAN a Brilliant, Living Homage to August Wilson
Posted: Dec. 5, 2018


BWW Review:  Havana's Teatro El Publico Takes a Fassbinder Homage, THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT, and FascinatesBWW Review: Havana's Teatro El Publico Takes a Fassbinder Homage, THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT, and Fascinates
Posted: May. 18, 2018


BWW Review:  Roundhouse Theatre's GEM OF THE OCEAN a Brilliant, Living Homage to August WilsonBWW Review: Roundhouse Theatre's GEM OF THE OCEAN a Brilliant, Living Homage to August Wilson
December 5, 2018

Timothy Douglas' production of Wilson's Gem of the Ocean is as rich an experience as you could possibly ask for; set at the turn of the twentieth century, it offers a lesson in the trials of Pittsburgh's African-American community at a pivotal time in the Hill district's history. More importantly, it is an examination of a violent, exploitative past from which we, as a nation, have yet to emerge.

BWW Review:  Flying V's SHEILA AND MOBY Refuses to Grow Up--And it's Good News!BWW Review: Flying V's SHEILA AND MOBY Refuses to Grow Up--And it's Good News!
November 4, 2018

Sheila and Moby is a Flying V classic, and a surprisingly layered, complex look at the messy business of growing up - whether you think you have or not.

BWW Review:  Havana's Teatro El Publico Takes a Fassbinder Homage, THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT, and FascinatesBWW Review: Havana's Teatro El Publico Takes a Fassbinder Homage, THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT, and Fascinates
May 18, 2018

Teatro El Publico's production of Petra von Kant, which regrettably only saw two performances at the Kennedy Center's Family Theatre, is both a thoughtful exploration of humanity and a classic actor's vehicle. Featuring leggy poseurs, lavish costumes, wild hairstyles (thanks to a small vault's worth of wigs), the show is a fascinating character study, and a showcase for some of Cuba's most brilliant theatrical talent.

BWW Review:  Forum Theatre's NAT TURNER IN JERUSALEM an Unforgettable, Luminous ProductionBWW Review: Forum Theatre's NAT TURNER IN JERUSALEM an Unforgettable, Luminous Production
March 21, 2018

Serene in his knowledge of what he has done, and why he had to do it, Jon Hudson Odom's performance of Nat Turner never wavers; the man is determined to die the death of a martyr-unrepentant, unafraid, certain of his reward.

BWW Review:  Flying V Theatre's Revue of songs by JONATHAN COULTON a Sheer DelightBWW Review: Flying V Theatre's Revue of songs by JONATHAN COULTON a Sheer Delight
February 6, 2018

Flying V's 'Jonathan Coulton' delivers a rich evening of songs delivered with passion and more than a touch of wry-to-broad humor. A perfect antidote to those mid-winter blues!

BWW Review:  Keegan Theatre's AN IRISH CAROL a fine, Dublin Take on Dickens' ClassicBWW Review: Keegan Theatre's AN IRISH CAROL a fine, Dublin Take on Dickens' Classic
December 18, 2017

As seasonal offerings go, An Irish Carol is perfect for those who love the narrative arc of Dickens' original, and who could use the spiritual uplift, but who are sick to death of Marleys in chains, let alone all those cheery Fezziwigs. Down-to-earth, but with heart, it shines to remind us that there is often decency hiding behind the most gruff of exteriors.

BWW Review:  National Theatre of Norway's PRIVATE CONFESSIONS a Searing, Unforgettable Celebration of Ingmar Bergman's GeniusBWW Review: National Theatre of Norway's PRIVATE CONFESSIONS a Searing, Unforgettable Celebration of Ingmar Bergman's Genius
December 8, 2017

Bergman's protege Liv Ullmann directed the film version of Private Confessions in 1996, and now with the arrival of the centennial of Bergman's birth, Ullmann has returned to the scene of Bergman's heartbreak, with added depth and humanity.

BWW Review:  Quotidian Theatre's A COFFIN IN EGYPT Gives Horton Foote's Texas a Memorably Hard LookBWW Review: Quotidian Theatre's A COFFIN IN EGYPT Gives Horton Foote's Texas a Memorably Hard Look
November 21, 2017

If you think the late Texas-born playwright Horton Foote and his fictional home town of Harrison, Texas are little more than genteel curiosities, think again. In Quotidian Theatre's season-opening production of Foote's A Coffin in Egypt, we are confronted with a life that is complex, dark and unapologetic. The cordial but tough-willed Myrtle Bledsoe (played by Quotidean stalwart Jane Squier Bruns) is a well-heeled widow way past the age when she would care what anybody thinks.

BWW Review:  Restoration Stage Inc's THE VERY LAST DAYS OF THE FIRST COLORED CIRCUS a Fine, If Lengthy, EffortBWW Review: Restoration Stage Inc's THE VERY LAST DAYS OF THE FIRST COLORED CIRCUS a Fine, If Lengthy, Effort
October 30, 2017

Steven A. Butler, Jr., a Maryland native, has a truly compelling story about his La Plata great-great grandparents, whose love blossomed when the Jim Crow, Blackface era was at its height. With talent and drive, they struggled against the odds and against an exploitative white manager to operate a touring circus featuring only performers of color.

BWW Review:  Synetic Theatre's PETER PAN is a Joyous but Mature Celebration of NeverlandBWW Review: Synetic Theatre's PETER PAN is a Joyous but Mature Celebration of Neverland
October 24, 2017

Given that it's the time of year when Synetic brings out ghoulish Halloween fare, the choice of a children's favorite like Peter Pan may come as a bit of a surprise. But in this incarnation, adapted in fine fashion by Ed Monk, this is a Peter with bite and enough darkness to keep even the grownups on the edge of their seat.

BWW Review:  WSC Avant Bard's EMILIE:  LA MARQUISE DU CHATELET DEFEDS HER LIFE TONIGHT a Heady, Brilliant EveningBWW Review: WSC Avant Bard's EMILIE: LA MARQUISE DU CHATELET DEFEDS HER LIFE TONIGHT a Heady, Brilliant Evening
October 23, 2017

As effervescent and fun as it is filled with the world of ideas (and equations), 'Emilie: La Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight' is a heady evening, bringing a great women back to brilliant life both onstage and in our collective memory.

BWW Review: The Mariinsky Ballet Stages LA BAYADEREBWW Review: The Mariinsky Ballet Stages LA BAYADERE
October 19, 2017

What do you do, when you find yourself with a ballet artist who can seemingly levitate at will? A lithe male body that floats and leaps with such an airy insouciance it seems almost unfair he has to come back to earth? Answer: you seek out an equally lithe, supple prima ballerina whose talents match his, but with her own distinct gestural vocabulary.

BWW Review:  Keegan Theatre's STONES IN HIS POCKETS an Eye-Opening Visit to the Emerald IsleBWW Review: Keegan Theatre's STONES IN HIS POCKETS an Eye-Opening Visit to the Emerald Isle
October 6, 2017

Marie Jones, a native of Belfast, brilliantly punctures our tin-whistle conceit of the Irish in her poignant drama Stones in his Pockets. The play is also an actor's dream, because it calls for two actors to take on an entire village of roles, American as well as Irish.

BWW Review:  National Theatre of Ghana's 10 BLOCKS ON THE CAMINO REAL a Fitting, Earthy Tribute to Tennessee WilliamsBWW Review: National Theatre of Ghana's 10 BLOCKS ON THE CAMINO REAL a Fitting, Earthy Tribute to Tennessee Williams
September 29, 2017

In keeping with their love of open-air, marketplace theatre the company embraced a variety of outdoor spaces (I saw them on the west lawn at the National Building Museum), creating a vibrant atmosphere well before the first actor took the stage.

BWW Review:  Next Stop's DISGRACED a Stunning, Necessary Examination of All-American PrejudiceBWW Review: Next Stop's DISGRACED a Stunning, Necessary Examination of All-American Prejudice
September 18, 2017

Stop for a moment to think how things have changed; how the election of Donald Trump and the imposition of a travel ban on Muslims and openly anti-immigrant, pro-white nationalist sentiment have torn away at the nation. It is no wonder that Akhtar's searing drama deserves its place on the stage right here, and right now.

BWW Review:  Rorschach Theatre's Revival of NEVERWHERE A Triumph of Fantasy OnstageBWW Review: Rorschach Theatre's Revival of NEVERWHERE A Triumph of Fantasy Onstage
September 8, 2017

Whew - what a night out! Rorschach Theatre's revival of their 2013 production of Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman's fantasy novel, features a fine roster of new and returning players, and is a perfect night out for adventurous families-especially those with restless older kids.

BWW Review: Scena Theatre's JULIUS CAESAR Bristling with Energy and Contemporary AngstBWW Review: Scena Theatre's JULIUS CAESAR Bristling with Energy and Contemporary Angst
September 3, 2017

Robert McNamara's current production gives us everything you need for an exciting evening of Shakespeare, even for those who wouldn't know a Colosseum if it dropped into their front yards. The combination of high-octane performers, solid in the pentameter and carefully directed, is thrilling to watch. You can't miss this one.

BWW Review: Shakespeare Theatre's OTHELLO Still Stunning, FreshBWW Review: Shakespeare Theatre's OTHELLO Still Stunning, Fresh
August 19, 2017

For all the pathos in this, one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies, director Ron Daniels has found a way to create and unexpectedly festive atmosphere. There is, refreshingly, room to laugh knowingly even as Iago weaves his evil plot.

BWW Review: Hub Theatre's THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH Rounds out an Excellent SeasonBWW Review: Hub Theatre's THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH Rounds out an Excellent Season
July 25, 2017

If you're looking for new, compelling, finely-crafted plays, look no further than the Hub Theatre. Their recently-concluded run of Philip Dawkins' autobiographical tour-de-force The Happiest Place on Earth is more evidence, as if any were needed, that they are a company to be reckoned with on the Washington theatre scene. Not only do they have an unerring eye for innovative scripts, they know how to give their playwrights the high-value productions they deserve.

BWW Review:  Happenstance Theater's BON VOYAGE!  A HAPPENSTANCE ESCAPADE a Perfect Summer ConfectionBWW Review: Happenstance Theater's BON VOYAGE! A HAPPENSTANCE ESCAPADE a Perfect Summer Confection
July 19, 2017

Happenstance's ensemble is chock full of talents, and when combined in a show like this it is impossible not to smile the whole way through. For kids you have slapstick, bad puns and the occasional chance for audience participation (we can make it rain, people). For adults you have visual puns from classic art, statues, and familiar French tunes that never go out of fashion.



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