Jennifer Vanasco

Jennifer Vanasco is a News Editor at WNYC where she edits the newscast for air and web and is the newsroom's theater critic.

She previously was the Minority Reports columnist for Columbia Journalism Review, where she analyzed how the mainstream media covered social minorities, and the editor in chief of MTV's LGBT news and politics website 365gay.com. Her nationally-syndicated, weekly newspaper column Common Life ran w for 14 years and won the Peter Lisagor Award for opinion writing from the Society of Professional Journalists three times. She was a full-time theater critic in Chicago and taught journalism for 10 years at the University of Chicago's Graham School. You can follow her on Twitter @JenniferVanasco

Jennifer Vanasco appears in the following:

Review: "Little Foxes" Has Wickedly Sharp Teeth

Sunday, April 23, 2017

A compelling play about power and its abuses with two actresses alternating in the lead roles. It's a complex character study you shouldn't miss.   

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Is the Earth Day 'March for Science' Anti-Trump? Organizers say no.

Friday, April 21, 2017

March for Science NYC may be non-partisan, but the political overtones are undeniable.

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Tenants to Banks: Stop Lending to Bad Landlords

Thursday, April 20, 2017

After years of fighting landlords for better conditions, some tenants are setting their sights on a new target: the banks that finance them. 

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Christie's No to a Cross-Hudson Tunnel Is Now a Yes

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Seven years after the governor canceled the in-progress ARC Tunnel project, he's now calling for the federal government to come through with funds for the Gateway tunnel project.

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Gateway Project Still Hoping for Federal Funding, But There's a Back Up Plan

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Gateway Program to add a second rail tunnel under the Hudson River is moving forward, despite a proposal by President Trump to do away with federal funding.

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Review: 'War Paint' Doesn't Have Enough Fight

Sunday, April 09, 2017

A new Broadway musical about the rivalry between real-life makeup industry doyennes Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubenstein, has a strange problem. It's too fair.

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Review: 'Amélie' Is Quirky, Cute — and Forgettable

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Even Phillipa Soo as Amélie can't ignite this new musical based on the 2001 film.

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Review: 'The Play That Goes Wrong' Gets Most Everything Right

Saturday, April 08, 2017

It's slapstick silliness that literally brings the house down.

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Review: Spectacle and Sorrow in Broadway's 'Miss Saigon'

Sunday, March 26, 2017

This revival has all the glitz the show is famous for — and humanity, too.

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Review: An All-Star Revival of 'The Price' Is Just Right

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Danny DeVito, Mark Ruffalo, Jessica Hecht and Tony Shalhoub bring a warm wit to Arthur Miller's almost-classic.

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Why the @FakeMTA Joke Train Rolls On

Thursday, March 23, 2017

As fares rise, frustrated straphangers turn to a satirical Twitter account.

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Review: Kindness After 9/11 In 'Come From Away'

Saturday, March 18, 2017

One of the best new musicals of the season tells the story of what happens after 38 planes are diverted to a small town in Newfoundland once US airspace closed.

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A Program To Tell Stories about Muslim Children Is Suspended From Public School

Friday, March 17, 2017

An original musical written by children for children is canceled at a Brooklyn public school after criticism and worries it may violate the line separating church and state.

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Review: Latest 'Glass Menagerie' Tries New Things, Not Always With Success

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Laura is in a wheelchair. Tom is in his 50s. It's not easy to see what director Sam Gold's vision is in this version of Tennessee William's classic play.

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Review: Jake Gyllenhaal Stars in 'Sunday in the Park with George'

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Gyllenhaal plays George in the first act as someone who's unhappily obsessed with his art, his gaze fixed to the pad on his lap or the painting on the wall. 

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Review: An Appointment with Death in 'Everybody'

Saturday, February 25, 2017

The latest play from MacArthur 'genius' grant winner Branden Jacobs-Jenkins tackles the big issues: Life. Death. God. 

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Review: The Quiet Power of 'Man From Nebraska'

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Drama from 2004 is about a man in crisis. But it is much more than that.

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Review: 'Escaped Alone' Captures the Current Political Moment

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Caryl Churchill's new play now at BAM was written before the election, even before Brexit, but it taps into the inexpressible, simmering anger that can feel widespread.

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Can You Hear Me? Scam Wants You to Answer 'Yes'

Thursday, February 16, 2017

When Cheryl Parks saw a call from an unknown number on her cellphone, she picked it up. Later, she was very, very sorry.

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Review: Glen Close Shines in "Sunset Boulevard'

Saturday, February 11, 2017

She returns to the role of Norma Desmond after winning a Tony for her performance 22 years ago as the aging, silent screen star.

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