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:  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!
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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:  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


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:  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:  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:  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 Reviews: Taffety Punk's TEMPEST Another Triumph For the 'Riot Grrrls'BWW Reviews: Taffety Punk's TEMPEST Another Triumph For the 'Riot Grrrls'
February 9, 2015

Taffety Punk's current production of The Tempest demonstrates how Shakespeare's work is infinitely elastic in terms of creativity and casting. Riot Grrrls, a faction of Taffety Punk Theatre Company dedicated to all-female productions of the Bard's works, has come up with a low-tech, low-cost, intimate staging that is as finely tuned as anything you'd pay big bucks for uptown.

BWW Reviews: Creative Cauldron's Broaday-Style Musical of THE TURN OF THE SCREW A True Talent ShowcaseBWW Reviews: Creative Cauldron's Broaday-Style Musical of THE TURN OF THE SCREW A True Talent Showcase
February 9, 2015

Creative Cauldron has embarked on its own five-year plan, fittingly entitled 'Bold New Works for Intimate Stages.' Matt Conner and lyricist Stephen Gregory Smith have created and directed a new musical based on Henry James' classic macabre tale, 'The Turn of the Screw. ' The performances here are terrific, beginning with Susan Derry as the governess Miss Giddens.

BWW Reviews: Theatre J Strikes Comic Gold with LIFE SUCKSBWW Reviews: Theatre J Strikes Comic Gold with LIFE SUCKS
January 22, 2015

Filled with laughs and anarchic asides, as well as a healthy dose of audience participation, Theatre J has an unqualified hit in Aaron Posner's Life Sucks [Or the Present Ridiculous]. Here we have Posner's thoroughly irreverent, Jewish take on Uncle Vanya, Russian playwright Anton Chekov's classic tale of unrequited love and unfulfilled lives. Forget the theatre history lecture, however; this is pure slapstick at Chekhov's expense and nothing to be intimidated by in the least.

BWW Reviews: A Visually Rich, Complex TEMPEST At the Shakespeare TheatreBWW Reviews: A Visually Rich, Complex TEMPEST At the Shakespeare Theatre
December 11, 2014

Director Ethan McSweeny clearly knows his way around the play, and offers mature Washington audiences a visually rich, complex Tempest that has its share of magical moments, but which at its core is unvarnished by sentiment. And Geraint Wyn Davies gives us a Prospero who is a temperamental, gravelly, flesh-and-blood nobleman, more Hemingway than Santa Claus.

BWW Reviews: Theatre J's Wild, Rollicking INTELLIGENT  HOMOSEXUAL'S GUIDEBWW Reviews: Theatre J's Wild, Rollicking INTELLIGENT HOMOSEXUAL'S GUIDE
November 21, 2014

Theatre J's production of 'The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures' comes complete with quirks and brainy asides that can leave audiences miles behind, grasping for meaning. This being an epic affair, eventually we simply give up and let the characters live their lives, untouched and untouchable. But that's when the magic starts.

BWW Reviews: Blake Lives, Stars Shine in WSC Avant Bard's THERE IS A HAPPINESS THAT MORNING ISBWW Reviews: Blake Lives, Stars Shine in WSC Avant Bard's THERE IS A HAPPINESS THAT MORNING IS
November 18, 2014

Happiness was a huge hit at the Fall Fringe festival last year, and richly deserves this full revival; not only is Maher's ear for verse spot-on, you simply cannot ask for a better cast.

BWW Reviews: Playful Piano & Puppetry in Debussy's 'La Bote  Joujoux' at Castleton
November 13, 2014

The Castleton Festival, a longtime fixture on the classical music scene located a comfortable hour and a half from Washington, DC, recently celebrated Debussy's playful side with a full performance of his piece for piano, La Boite a Joujoux ('The Toy Box'). Pianist Orion Weiss, working with Director Hinrich Horstkotte of the Salzburg Marionette Theatre, was inspired to bring the music, scenario and images to life through a puppet show that incorporated all the toys from the original.

BWW Reviews: Attenborough's AS YOU LIKE IT a Brilliant but Strangely Melancholy ComedyBWW Reviews: Attenborough's AS YOU LIKE IT a Brilliant but Strangely Melancholy Comedy
November 6, 2014

If you are a Shakespeare connoisseur who knows the plays and who thrills at new stagings of familiar material, by all means get thee to the Lansburgh Theatre to see Michael Attenborough's fascinating production of As You Like It. With a rock-solid cast, and a Spartan stage design that throws their great work into high relief, you will be in for a rich experience indeed.

BWW Reviews: Next Stop Puts on the Dog, Hilariously, with SYLVIABWW Reviews: Next Stop Puts on the Dog, Hilariously, with SYLVIA
October 29, 2014

Ever heard the old adage that you should never share the stage with a dog? Next Stop Theatre's production of A. R. Gurney's empty-nest comedy 'Sylvia' shows it goes double when an actress is the one playing a dog. Sherry Berg has one of the most entertaining roles imaginable-Sylvia the mutt, part poodle (mais oui) and part street ('sup). Her shameless, joyful romp is the highlight of the show.

BWW Reviews: Synetic's Gory, Brilliant ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU Perfect Halloween ViewingBWW Reviews: Synetic's Gory, Brilliant ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU Perfect Halloween Viewing
October 8, 2014

Roll over, Bela Lugosi: there's a new smooth-talking villain in town, and he wants your flesh. Paata Tsihurishvili, who has been dearly missed during his behind-the-scenes hiatus, returns to the stage in fine form as one of literature's most notorious mad scientists. If you are looking for that edgy, near-perfect evening out this Halloween season, it doesn't matter whether you've got a date to impress or a feisty teenager who loves gore-you really must check out Synetic Theatre's The Island of Dr. Moreau

BWW Reviews: Dali Does Disney in Flying V's Inventive, Surreal LOBSTER ALICEBWW Reviews: Dali Does Disney in Flying V's Inventive, Surreal LOBSTER ALICE
September 30, 2014

Director Amber Jackson has assembled a brilliant cast, creating an anarchic and, yes, surreal atmosphere in which anything and everything can happen. Zachary Fernebok's performance of Dali is priceless, and Jos. B. Musumeci Jr.'s set is a perfect evocation of the surreal atmosphere of Obolensky's play.

BWW Reviews: THREE SISTAHS Returns Triumphantly to Metro StageBWW Reviews: THREE SISTAHS Returns Triumphantly to Metro Stage
September 24, 2014

This is one of the most fabulous, intimate musicals you will ever see: Metro Stage's revival of Janet Pryce and Thomas W. Jones II's Three Sistahs features a brilliant, gospel-inspired musical score by local composer William Hubbard and one of the strongest casts on the DC theatre scene; it all adds up to an unforgettable family portrait.

BWW Reviews: Scena Theatre's MOLLY Portrays a Leading Light of the Early Dublin StageBWW Reviews: Scena Theatre's MOLLY Portrays a Leading Light of the Early Dublin Stage
August 27, 2014

Actress Danielle Davy gives us a vivid incarnation of John Millington Synge's muse Molly Allgood, in a performance that is by turns hilarious and deeply moving. The play has been given a fine, deftly-directed trajectory thanks to Scena Theatre's Robert McNamara. The brogue is occasionally thick and of course it helps if you're familiar with the leading lights of the modern Irish stage, but Davy carries you through the evening effortlessly with Mollly's determination and her charm.

BWW Reviews: A Classic Dublin Confessional: McPherson's SHINING CITY at Scena TheatreBWW Reviews: A Classic Dublin Confessional: McPherson's SHINING CITY at Scena Theatre
August 21, 2014

Conor McPherson's genius is in knowing what will make you squirm in your seat. And Robert McNamara's current production of Shining City at the Atlas Performing Arts Center gives us a lasting impression of McPherson's work. Ron Litman gives a positively riveting performance as John, a contemporary Everyman whose conscience will never let him be.

BWW Reviews: Quotidian's Luminous, Haunting American Premiere of McPherson's THE VEILBWW Reviews: Quotidian's Luminous, Haunting American Premiere of McPherson's THE VEIL
July 23, 2014

Nearly three years after its London opening, Washington's own Quotidian Theatre Company offers us the American premiere of a play that should soon find itself in regular rotation nationwide. Quotidian, with its reputation for understated yet compelling shows, has gone all-out with this production and done Mr. McPherson proud. With a solid, seasoned cast and brilliant period touches in set and costumes, 'The Veil' should be at the top of your list!

BWW Reviews: 'Song of Myself: The WHITMAN Project' Graces the Capital FringeBWW Reviews: 'Song of Myself: The WHITMAN Project' Graces the Capital Fringe
July 13, 2014

As embodied by the engaging Robert Michael Oliver-heavily bearded for the occasion-Sanctuary Theatre revives Whitman in all his messy glory, bringing us his passion, sensuality, sensitivity and eroticism. It's hard to imagine a guy who looks like Santa Clause relishing the kinds of behavior that (until recently) could get you arrested in most states. But he was dangerous in his own day, and as Oliver reminds us so richly here, he will remain a scandalous figure on the American scene for as long as there is an America.

BWW Reviews: A Stunning, Moving ENTER OPHELIA, DISTRACTED, from Taffety PunkBWW Reviews: A Stunning, Moving ENTER OPHELIA, DISTRACTED, from Taffety Punk
June 23, 2014

A fascinating blend of dance, monologue, dialogue, lights, sound effects and live music, 'Enter Ophelia, distracted' gives you a piercingly perceptive look into the psyche of a young girl fated to lose first the love of her life, then her father, her mind, and then her life. Ophelia's fictional fate resonates strongly with women to this day, and Kim Gilbert-with the help of Choreographer Erin F. Mitchell-has plumbed her depths in ways that are intensely personal and unforgettable. The intimate confines of the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop fairly burst with the passions unleashed in this piece.

BWW Reviews: Nancy Robinette Aces Beckett's HAPPY DAYS at the Atlas TheaterBWW Reviews: Nancy Robinette Aces Beckett's HAPPY DAYS at the Atlas Theater
June 17, 2014

When a local treasure agrees to perform a classic of the modern theatre, Washington audiences should sit up and take notice. Under the finely-tuned direction of Scena Theatre's Artistic Director, Robert McNamara-a demanding taskmaster, whose results of late have been spectacular-you are in for a fine evening indeed. Are we at the beach, or in her living room? Is she taking a holiday, or stuck at home for an eternity? She performs, you decide.

BWW Reviews: A Gripping, Wrenching JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG at American Century TheaterBWW Reviews: A Gripping, Wrenching JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG at American Century Theater
June 11, 2014

Opening as it does to coincide with the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Joe Banno's moving production reminds us just how much we are still haunted by the ghosts of World War II, and the horrific moral dilemmas of those days. With a large cast that is mostly up to the material Banno has given us a memorable evening of theater that challenges us. Forget plays that give you a cozy, morally superior perch, Mann the playwright and Banno the director force us to think about how we contributed to the monster that was Adolf Hitler.

BWW Reviews: Taffety Punk's BLOODY POETRYBWW Reviews: Taffety Punk's BLOODY POETRY
May 19, 2014

It is the stuff of great drama when people with incredible charm and talent behave like monsters: idealists with a clear vision of the future, leaving human wreckage in their wake. For fans of English literature who are fascinated by Shelley, Byron and the women who devoted themselves to their careers, 'Bloody Poetry' should be a pure delight.



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