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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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Posted: May. 1, 2021


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Posted: Aug. 7, 2021


BWW Review:  Synetic Streaming Version of THE ADVENTURES OF PETER PAN an Enduring Cla PhotoBWW Review: Synetic Streaming Version of THE ADVENTURES OF PETER PAN an Enduring Classic
Posted: Feb. 11, 2021


BWW Review:  Kensington Arts Theatre's AND THEN THERE WERE NONE is Murderous Fun PhotoBWW Review: Kensington Arts Theatre's AND THEN THERE WERE NONE is Murderous Fun
Posted: Aug. 9, 2021


BWW Review:  Flying V's INITIATIVE is a Fitting Tribute to Dungeons & Dragons PhotoBWW Review: Flying V's INITIATIVE is a Fitting Tribute to Dungeons & Dragons
Posted: Mar. 22, 2021


BWW Review:  Happenstance Theater's A ROSE FOR ERGENSBURG A Charming Escape PhotoBWW Review: Happenstance Theater's A ROSE FOR ERGENSBURG A Charming Escape
Posted: Apr. 6, 2021


BWW Review:  Washington Stage Guild's HOW HE LIED TO HER HUSBAND a Perfect Pre-Summer PhotoBWW Review: Washington Stage Guild's HOW HE LIED TO HER HUSBAND a Perfect Pre-Summer Diversion
Posted: May. 20, 2021


BWW Review: Happenstance Theater's 'THE PICNICS: A NITWIT DYPTICH' Short and Oh, So Sweet!
September 27, 2021

'The Picnics: A Nitwit Dyptich,' makes a perfect dessert to an evening of binge-watching your favorite historical drama, a perfect hors-d'oeuvre before diving into that meaty documentary series. At 14 minutes, it's also just the right, bite-size for a mid-day snack. Which is, actually, kinda what it's about...

BWW Review: Kensington Arts Theatre's AND THEN THERE WERE NONE is Murderous Fun
August 9, 2021

It’s time to get out, people.  I mean, let’s face it – you can only get by for so long on Disney+ or Netflix before you want a taste of living flesh—er, live theatre. With their production of 'And Then There were None,' Kensington Arts Theatre has got a great evening out – if you don’t mind the occasional gunshot, offstage shrieks, or bodies lying around.  Great fun, I’d say.

BWW Review: Quotidian Theatre Company's THE DAY EMILY MARRIED a Beautiful Swan Song
August 7, 2021

Bethesda's own Quotidian Theatre, which has been a true labor of love and art, after nearly 25 years on the D.C. theatre scene, is making an appropriately subtle, and grand, exit. Horton Foote's intensely psychological drama, The Day Emily Married, is a piece that Artistic Director Jack Sbarbori famously brought to life, staging its world premiere and making Quotidian's reputation at the same time. His relationship with Foote has been a hallmark of Quotidian's work, and it's easy to see why.

BWW Review: Washington Stage Guild's HOW HE LIED TO HER HUSBAND a Perfect Pre-Summer Diversion
May 20, 2021

How He Lied to Her Husband is a charming, 40-minute diversion which will enliven any home, and should be at the top of your to-watch list for this weekend.  Available only until Sunday night (per hyper-strict Equity guidelines), it features three of DC’s great talents and offers us a tantalizing glimpse of what kind of fare the Washington Stage Guild will serve up, live and onstage, come the Fall. 

BWW Review: Shakespeare Theatre's BLINDNESS a Once-in-a-Lifetime Theatrical Experience
May 1, 2021

Director Meierjohann has choreographed Juliet Stevenson’s movements through a space as palpable as it is imaginary. The quality of the sound recording is so acute that you know exactly where she is at every moment. Stevenson’s performance is a marvel as she careens from the soothing, caring, den-mother to a shrieking, blood-soaked avenging angel, unafraid of what she has to do to survive.

BWW Review: Happenstance Theater's A ROSE FOR ERGENSBURG A Charming Escape
April 6, 2021

Step into Happenstance Theater’s dreamscape; enjoy the lush colors and charm of their short film, “A Rose for Ergensburg.” Devised by company founders Mark Jaster and Sabrina Selma Mandell, with Sharon Crissinger as its eagle-eyed cinematographer and co-author, you will encounter a world of the past--but surprisingly contemporary.

BWW Review: 'Arena Riffs' Offers Psalmayene 24's Compelling THE FREEWHEELIN' INSURGENTS
March 31, 2021

Playright Psalmayene 24’s contribution to Arena Riffs is “The Freewheelin’ Insurgents,” a day in the life of four actors as they cope with the pandemic and the forces arrayed against them, both as artists and African-Americans.

BWW Review: Flying V's INITIATIVE is a Fitting Tribute to Dungeons & Dragons
March 22, 2021

For now, we will have to settle for the Zoom version of 'Initiative' – that’s how the D20 rolls these days. But it would be positively criminal if it weren’t eventually staged by a company as multi-talented as Flying V. Your imagination is the key—which come to think of it is rather the point of live theatre, no matter which medium it uses to reach out to you.

BWW Review: Synetic Streaming Version of THE ADVENTURES OF PETER PAN an Enduring Classic
February 11, 2021

Soon – and very soon, we hope – we will all be able to gather together at Synetic’s subterranean theatre in Crystal City and thrill to their latest exploits. But for as long as we may have to wait, Synetic’s streaming service is a gift, and a great way to introduce newcomers to their unique, invaluable artistry.

BWW Review: Olney Theatre Center's A CHRISTMAS CAROL a Joyful Celebration
December 18, 2020

Morella’s work as the adaptor/director/performer in this piece practically needs no introduction, and his comfort with the material enables him to switch characters and voices with ease. And Olney Theatre Center has teamed up with Chiet Productions, whose camera work enables us to experience Morella’s wonderful work in entirely new ways.

BWW Review: Studio Theatre's KINGS A Thrilling Earful of Political Intrigue
November 28, 2020

With their first audio effort, Kings, Studio demonstrates the versatility of Studio’s roster of actors and sound designers.  Director Marti Lyons, already a Helen Hayes award winner, establishes her chops in a purely audio medium, and demonstrates the theatre community’s ability to turn on a dime and produce a classic form of entertainment as if they were to the manner born.  Stuff like this is truly heartening.

BWW Review: Synetic Theatre's Midsummer 'Decameron' Series an Amazing Cornucopia of Talent
July 9, 2020

Starting this Friday, July 10, the artists at Synetic have found the answer to your summer doldrums, which are now magnified beyond endurance by social-distancing rules: a series of video vignettes inspired by the ultimate in pandemic lit, Giovanni Boccaccio's a?oeDecameron.a??

BWW Review: Brave Spirits' HENRY THE FIFTH Rounds out their History Rep in Sobering, Moving Style
March 15, 2020

Forget the Cherry Blossoms, folks, they'll be gone before you know it. Brave Spirits' Histories rep, cultivated, rested and ready, will be where it's at when our theatres re-open. Their a?oeHenry the Fifth,a?? as with all the other plays in the current cycle, is full of surprises and fresh interpretations. It is clear that the Histories Repertory will wrap up a few loose ends, while pointing towards contentions and bloodshed to come.

BWW Review: Arena Stage's CELIA AND FIDEL An Emotionally Taut, Gripping Piece of Revolutionary History
March 16, 2020

Eduardo Machado's Celia and Fidel, set at the beginning of the Mariel Boatlift crisis in 1980, explores the bravado, self-delusion, frustration and paranoia that were the hallmarks of Fidel Castro's rule over Cuba. Director Molly Smith has worked her cast into a taut, suspenseful emotional pitch, with nuances galore to enjoy and contemplate.

BWW Review: Brave Spirits' HENRY THE FOURTH PART 2 an Impressive Addition to their History Repertory Season
February 17, 2020

With the mayhem, warfare and epic egos of Henry the Fourth, Part 1 well under their belts, Brave Spirits Theatre now turns its talents towards one of the more challenging history plays in Shakespeare's canon, Henry the Fourth, Part 2. Director Charlene V. Smith continues to find new gems here among the many performers, and there are some moments that truly shine here.

BWW Review: Brave Spirits' HENRY THE FOURTH PART 1 A Thrilling Second Installment to their History Rep
February 3, 2020

This is the second installment in Charlene V. Smith's four-play repertory project, and judging from the quality of the work here, Washington theatregoers are in for a truly rewarding experience of the Histories, well into April. Brave Spirits is well on their way to one of the more vital repertory seasons inside the Beltway that we have seen in quite some time.

BWW Review: Prologue Theatre's RECENT TRAGIC EVENTS a Wild, Thought-Provoking Ride
January 27, 2020

Recent Tragic Events, now being staged some 18 years after its premiere, is a piece that has matured beyond its original context. And Prologue Theatre's top-notch production argues convincingly for its endurance on the stage for years to come.

BWW Review: Brave Spirits Opens its Epic History Rep with a Strong 'Richard II'
January 6, 2020

One of D.C.'s finer classical companies, Brave Spirits, has embarked on a two-year repertory of William Shakespeare's history plays. Leading off this ambitious project is Charlene V. Smith's razor-sharp production of a?oeRichard II.a?? Smith has assembled a cast that is assured in its understanding of Shakespeare's language; more importantly, she has nurtured some of the most creative, nuanced readings of the Bard's famous speeches I have ever heard.

BWW Review: IN Series' L'ENFANCE DU CHRIST a TImely, In-Depth Experience of Berlioz' Brilliance
December 8, 2019

Directors Steven Scott Mazzola and Timothy Nelson have created a deeply moving, broadly staged version of a piece that was originally designed for the concert hall. In moving the singers throughout the vast, acoustical gem that is the Foundry United Methodist Church, you are surrounded (literally) by actions that are as contemporary as you can possibly imaginea?'and imagine you will.

BWW Review: British Players' ALICE IN WONDERLAND: A TRADITIONAL BRITISH PANTO a Hilarious Family Treat
December 7, 2019

If the holiday cheer seems beyond your grasp, the British Players have just the ticket; this year's 'Alice in Wonderland: A Traditional British Panto,' comes complete with a fractured take on a beloved tale, cross-dressing actors, and opportunities galore to participate in the action. Chock full of familiar tunes for young and old to sing along, this is truly a family affair, with performing families onstage mirroring the families in the audience, and more than enough fun for all.



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