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:  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
Posted: Nov. 21, 2017


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
Posted: Dec. 8, 2017


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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
Posted: Sep. 18, 2017


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
Posted: Sep. 3, 2017


BWW Review: The Mariinsky Ballet Stages LA BAYADEREBww Review: The Mariinsky Ballet Stages LA BAYADERE
Posted: Oct. 19, 2017


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
Posted: Sep. 29, 2017


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
Posted: Oct. 24, 2017


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
Posted: Sep. 8, 2017


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.

BWW Review:  Unexpected Stage's OBLIVION a Spirited, Thought-Provoking Meditation on Modern LifeBWW Review: Unexpected Stage's OBLIVION a Spirited, Thought-Provoking Meditation on Modern Life
July 17, 2017

Oblivion is about the emptiness that plagues modern life, and the desperate attempts we make to fill that emptiness with something, anything, regardless of how illusory. Director Christopher Goodrich has assembled a dynamite cast, and the intimate environment at the River Road Unitarian Universalist's Fireside Room brings us into close contact with four truly vivid characters.

BWW Review:  Round House Theatre's HOW I LEARNED WHAT I LEARNED a Brilliant Celebration of August WilsonBWW Review: Round House Theatre's HOW I LEARNED WHAT I LEARNED a Brilliant Celebration of August Wilson
June 14, 2017

How I Learned What I Learned was originally intended as a way for August Wilson to share the many colorful, real-life characters that informed his work. With Wilson's passing, others have stepped up to represent on his behalf; and Roundhouse is blessed to have Eugene Lee, a veteran of many of Wilson's plays, to perform the master dramatist's life story.

BWW Review:  Flying V Theatre's THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE UNKNOWN WORLD a Fantastical Evening of Stage CombatBWW Review: Flying V Theatre's THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE UNKNOWN WORLD a Fantastical Evening of Stage Combat
June 13, 2017

Flying V has become the premiere forum for stage fights in the DC area, and the creativity in their 'Flying V Fights' series has never been more awesome or delightful. This year's entry, 'The Secret History of the Unknown World,' sees co-directors (and co-founders) Jason Schlafstein and Jonathan Ezra Rubin presiding over an evening of mayhem devoted to the bizarre, alternative worlds that have obsessed us on page and on film over 100 years.

BWW Review:  Washington Ballet's BALANCHINE, RATMANSKY, THARP a Brilliant Evening of Dances Old and NewBWW Review: Washington Ballet's BALANCHINE, RATMANSKY, THARP a Brilliant Evening of Dances Old and New
April 28, 2017

The Washington Ballet's latest program, on view through this weekend, is especially rich with the work of three great choreographers on display; this talented ensemble has never looked more lively and inspired, and it is a joyful evening not to be missed.

BWW Review:  Maly Drama Theatre's Unforgettable, Explosive THREE SISTERS at the Kennedy CenterBWW Review: Maly Drama Theatre's Unforgettable, Explosive THREE SISTERS at the Kennedy Center
April 28, 2017

What makes the Maly production of Three Sisters so compelling is Lev Dudin's ability to show how Chekhov's small-town characters, mired in the mores and beliefs of 1890's provincial Russia, anticipate our own thwarted dreams. Surprises abound, as we discover the inner fire that burns in people we thought we knew as humble, down-home folk. And they become shockingly familiar and contemporary in the process.

BWW Review:  Urban Bush Women's WALKING WITH 'TRANE a Brilliant Celebration of Dance as JazzBWW Review: Urban Bush Women's WALKING WITH 'TRANE a Brilliant Celebration of Dance as Jazz
April 10, 2017

There is be nothing on the stage more exhilarating, exasperating and joyful than the sight of an entire company completely committed, all on the edge-dancing literally on the edge of success, on the edge of failure. "Walking with 'Trane (2015)" reminds us what a vital contribution Urban Bush Women company has made to the American performing arts.



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