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 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 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: The Mariinsky Ballet Stages LA BAYADEREBww Review: The Mariinsky Ballet Stages LA BAYADERE
Posted: Oct. 19, 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:  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 Reviews: All Hail WSC's NERO/PSEUDO - A Brilliant New MusicalBWW Reviews: All Hail WSC's NERO/PSEUDO - A Brilliant New Musical
May 11, 2014

If you're in the mood for an outrageous good time, you can't do better than to squeeze into Fort Fringe and witness Bradley Foster Smith's break-out performance as a talented, sexy usurper. Director Patrick Pearson has given this new show a great launch, complete with a kick-ass backup band and a solid ensemble. WSC Avant Bard should be up to their necks in groupies before Nero/Pseudo's run is over.

BWW Reviews: A Mature, Bewitching INTO THE WOODS at Next Stop Theatre CompanyBWW Reviews: A Mature, Bewitching INTO THE WOODS at Next Stop Theatre Company
May 7, 2014

Director Evan Hoffman has worked deftly with a strong cast who pop in and out of the action at a brisk, engaging pace. With a special turn by 'Today Show' anchor Kathie Lee Gifford (whose voice work is remarkably good), it's a special evening indeed.

BWW Reviews: A Dark and Timely THE LOVE OF THE NIGHTINGALE at Constellation TheatreBWW Reviews: A Dark and Timely THE LOVE OF THE NIGHTINGALE at Constellation Theatre
May 4, 2014

Constellation's spell-binding production of Timberlake Wertenbaker's The Love of the Nightingale may have an old-fashioned name or two, but it is as timely a production as you will ever see. Director Allison Arkell Stockman understands that Greek mythology, like tragedy itself, is a canvas upon which we paint our darkest fears and ponder their meaning. The play paints a complex picture in which victims, bystanders and perpetrators compete for the audience's sympathy; and with Constellation's consistently strong performances, the journey is one of the most thought- provoking I have seen this season.

BWW Reviews: Enjoy a Hilarious, Cock-Eyed Norway at Washington Stage Guild's ELLINGBWW Reviews: Enjoy a Hilarious, Cock-Eyed Norway at Washington Stage Guild's ELLING
April 29, 2014

When we think of Norway, "laugh riot" is usually the last thing that comes to mind. The Washington Stage Guild's premiere production of Elling may be slow going at first, but it revs up to give you an amusing slice of life in modern-day Oslo. It's a very funny place indeed. This Elling is a classic comedy in the Odd Couple mode. Think: Neil Simon meets Sigmund Freud, with a healthy dose of Ken Kesey thrown in.

BWW Reviews: 'red, black and GREEN: a blues' at the Terrace TheaterBWW Reviews: 'red, black and GREEN: a blues' at the Terrace Theater
April 7, 2014

Marc Bamuthi Joseph and the Living Word Project have combined rap, spirituals and dance to create an unforgettable show red, black, and GREEN: a blues (RbGb) that explores the challenges and ironies of an urban artist who gets deputized to help 'Green' an inner city that is already under siege from its traditional challenges, and perhaps the greatest challenge of all-gentrification. Because the show represents the fruit of four separate projects staged in four cities, it has the feel of an intimate travelogue.

BWW Reviews: Film & Stage Make the Perfect Affair in Kneehigh's BRIEF ENCOUNTERBWW Reviews: Film & Stage Make the Perfect Affair in Kneehigh's BRIEF ENCOUNTER
April 2, 2014

Remember those sappy romances from the 1930's and 1940's? Think you've seen 'em all? Think you've seen enough of 'em, already? Guess again: England's Kneehigh Theater, currently in residence at the Landsburgh, breathes new life into the old genre, and not only makes them a joy to watch, they've managed a few technical marvels as well.

BWW Reviews: A Fascinating, Yet Off-Beat GREEN SNAKE from the National Theater of ChinaBWW Reviews: A Fascinating, Yet Off-Beat GREEN SNAKE from the National Theater of China
March 30, 2014

At 2 hours this production may be a bit long in the tooth for some, but it is made so much easier to watch because the actors never let you forget they're just actors-and that they're only here to tell you a really cool story from bygone days. Anachronistic touches like glasses-a sure sign of modernity-fit in seamlessly with the Buddhist temple setting, even though the tale of The Green Snake is set in the Song Dynasty, before the USA was even a gleam in King George's eye.

BWW Reviews: Nalaga'at Theater's NOT BY BREAD ALONE Is a Rare Glimpse of a Unique EnsembleBWW Reviews: Nalaga'at Theater's NOT BY BREAD ALONE Is a Rare Glimpse of a Unique Ensemble
March 26, 2014

The framing device for 'Not by Bread Alone' is the baking of bread, an activity that is labor-intensive at first but which also allows plenty of time for family and friends to hang out and swap stories while the dough rises, with more tales to tell when it goes in to bake. The bulk of 'Not by Bread Alone' consists of the performers introducing themselves, talking about their lives and dreams, and acting out a few of their dream-scenarios along the way.

BWW Reviews: A Conversation with Adina Tal of Nalaga'at Theater Deaf-Blind Acting EnsembleBWW Reviews: A Conversation with Adina Tal of Nalaga'at Theater Deaf-Blind Acting Ensemble
March 25, 2014

As a part of this month's international theater festival at the Kennedy Center, audiences have had a rare opportunity to meet directors of some of the world's most innovative companies -and a personal highlight for me was having the chance to meet Adina Tal, founder of the Nalaga'at Theater Deaf-Blind Acting Ensemble and director of the production Not By Bread Alone that will be appearing here for two nights.

BWW Reviews: American Century's Hilarious, Surreal 'Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Momma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad'BWW Reviews: American Century's Hilarious, Surreal 'Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Momma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad'
March 25, 2014

Written in the late 1950's in a fine post-graduate frenzy, Kopit's play was inspired as much by the European avant-garde as by the angst of the Eisenhower years. Director Tyler Herman has done a great job in his first production, creating the anarchic, bizarre feel that Kopit's play requires, with Katie Wertz's surreal set and Jacy Barber's biologically-correct costumes (for the fish and plant life) creating just the right off-kilter atmosphere.

BWW Reviews: An Intimate Evening with Peter Brook's Company and THE SUITBWW Reviews: An Intimate Evening with Peter Brook's Company and THE SUIT
March 14, 2014

The Kennedy Center's international theater festival got off to a truly moving start, thanks to a three-evening visit from Peter Brook's company, Theatre des Bouffes du Nord and their touring production of Can Themba's short story, "The Suit." Set in South Africa, in the suburban village of Sophiatown, "The Suit" is a cautionary tale of infidelity, jealousy, and the heavy toll that vengeance can take. It was a rare opportunity for Washington audiences to experience one of the world's master artists at work-an artist whose 60+ year career has spanned any number of innovations, but whose style has remained deceptively simple.

BWW Reviews: WSC Avant Bard's Exquisite ORLANDO at Arlington's Theatre on the RunBWW Reviews: WSC Avant Bard's Exquisite ORLANDO at Arlington's Theatre on the Run
March 1, 2014

The pleasures of WSC Avant-Bard's production are many, beginning with Sara Barker's brilliant embodiment of Virginia Woolf's hero/heroine. One of English literature's most enduring labors of love, the stage version of 'Orlando' also gives us a glimpse of Sarah Ruhl early in her career, adapting Woolf's classic novel at a time when she was too young to be intimidated by an iconic feminist work. Director Amber Jackson has assembled a truly talented ensemble who give audiences a no-holds-barred performance not to be missed.

BWW Reviews: Washington Stage Guild Tackles Shaw's Epic BACK TO METHUSELAHBWW Reviews: Washington Stage Guild Tackles Shaw's Epic BACK TO METHUSELAH
February 25, 2014

Given its long history of producing the plays of George Bernard Shaw, it was inevitable that the Washington Stage Guild would someday attempt to mount Shaw's monumental, impossible play cycle, Back to Methuselah. Methuselah tilts at the usual ideological windmills, with a fanciful dash of futurism thrown in for good measure. Perhaps because of its reach, the script shows occasional signs of strain; but the Stage Guild does an admirable job bringing our dear Irish curmudgeon's epic to life.

Enjoy a Fresh Look at Beckett's HAPPY DAYS at the Mead TheaterEnjoy a Fresh Look at Beckett's HAPPY DAYS at the Mead Theater
February 10, 2014

Cultural DC's production of Samuel Beckett's Happy Days offers audiences a fresh look at a play that has become a legend in theatre circles, not least because of its unprecedented demands on the actress who has to perform the lead role. How refreshing it is, then, to see Karen Lange's resilience in the role; she understands that Winnie's quest for survival is what gets her up every morning like clockwork, and drives her with only an occasional glimmer in her eyes of the panic that most of us would feel.

BWW Reviews: Constellation Pulls Out the Stops with SCAPIN Thru 2/16BWW Reviews: Constellation Pulls Out the Stops with SCAPIN Thru 2/16
January 22, 2014

With the brilliant work of Constellation Theatre, Bill Irwin's irreverent spirit is alive and well in their current production of 'Scapin,' adapted from Moliere's Les Fourberies de Scapin ('Scapin's Tricks'). It's not one of those moldy old comedies where you try to laugh like your distinguished ancestors might have laughed back in the day-It works because the production rocks, but also because the original author Moliere stole some of the best material from his stage-mates in the Italian Commedia dell' Arte, who were standup before there was standup, and whose sight gags and stock characters laid the foundation for every sitcom you love today.

BWW Reviews: Synetic Theater's Jazz-Age TWELFTH NIGHT - A Manic, Slapstick RompBWW Reviews: Synetic Theater's Jazz-Age TWELFTH NIGHT - A Manic, Slapstick Romp
January 11, 2014

Just when you were about to pack it in because of the miserable weather Synetic Theater has come up with a joyous, raucous celebration of love-and jazz-in its latest Shakespeare adaptation. Twelfth Night, perhaps the Bard's most beloved comedy, is realized here as a manic and slapstick-ridden romp through the Roaring Twenties. Featuring classic tunes from the early jazz era, director Paata Tsikurishvili has set the action in a silent-era Hollywood sound stage. His wife, Irina, heads a stellar cast that channels the best of 1920's screen comedians, to brilliant effect.

BWW Reviews: Next Stop Rings in the Season with JACOB MARLEY'S CHRISTMAS CAROLBWW Reviews: Next Stop Rings in the Season with JACOB MARLEY'S CHRISTMAS CAROL
December 10, 2013

Have you seen enough of Scrooge, His Imperial Crankiness? Are you ready for another take on the old tale? Herndon, Virginia's Next Stop Theatre has just the thing: a production of 'Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol' a one-man marvel performed. As performed by the lithe and wily Ray Ficca, Marley takes us through the trials and tribulations of being not just Scrooge's long-suffering partner, but also his eternally-suffering guardian angel.

BWW Reviews: WOODY SEZ Is Back, And As Foot-Tapping As EverBWW Reviews: WOODY SEZ Is Back, And As Foot-Tapping As Ever
December 6, 2013

The folks at Theater J have done us a huge favor by bringing back David Lutken and his band, so that we can have another visit with the great American songwriter and activist Woody Guthrie. Staged as an evening of down-home music, complete with opportunities for audience participation and sing-alongs, we can sit in on Woody Sez: The Life & Music of Woody Guthrie and see America through the eyes of one of its most accomplished artists.

BWW Reviews: Ambassador Theater's PROTEST Shows Havel's Enduring LessonsBWW Reviews: Ambassador Theater's PROTEST Shows Havel's Enduring Lessons
November 22, 2013

We are now well into the second wave of Vaclav Havel productions, where his work is being re-examined from a variety of perspectives-experiments which, in and of themselves, are a testament to his staying power. Ambassador Theater's current production of 'Protest' at the Mead Theater Lab marks the culmination of a year-long celebration here in Washington, D.C. of the playwright-President's legacy. Under the direction of Gail Humphries-Mardirosian audiences can now witness a fascinating re-interpretation of what is perhaps Havel's deepest, most confessional work on life under an oppressive regime.

BWW Reviews: WSC Avant Bard's KING JOHN a Rare Theatrical EventBWW Reviews: WSC Avant Bard's KING JOHN a Rare Theatrical Event
November 17, 2013

If your appetite for Shakespeare's history plays was whetted by PBS's recent series "The Hollow Crown," be of good cheer; King John is now receiving a solid production by the WSC Avant Bard. A rare gem, King John is a must for Shakespeare enthusiasts, not least because the play's complex plot renders it extremely difficult to stage. You will have the rare treat of seeing this unjustly neglected piece in fine form.



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