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 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:

Shadow of Jail Violence Darkens Bus Ride to Rikers

Friday, August 29, 2014

As problems at Rikers Island reach a tipping point, and the need for reform becomes urgent, mothers, aunts, fiancées and others travel there regularly to check up on loved ones.  

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A Lear Less Bright Than Its Stars

Saturday, August 09, 2014

 King Lear is now showing at The Public's Delacorte Theater as part of their free annual Shakespeare in the Park series.


How Fringe is the Fringe Festival?

Thursday, August 07, 2014

To regular theater goers, Fringe NYC is a must-do. But can something so established be at the forefront of avant garde or experimental theater?

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A Play for You Alone

Saturday, July 19, 2014

In these "theatrical interventions," you're given detailed instructions of where you should go and what to do so that the actor(s) will recognize you. What follows is a thrill-ride of an immersion experience.

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Elaine Stritch Was a Member of the Family at the Carlyle Hotel

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Elaine Stritch lived in the Upper East Side hotel for 12 years. We have one man's memories.


An Apartment Building That's a Gallery — for Now

Sunday, July 13, 2014


There's a place in Harlem that is neither a museum nor a gallery —it's an affordable housing development. Yet right now, it is filled with two floors of art.


Seeger Fest: A Time to Remember, a Time to Celebrate

Saturday, July 12, 2014

A farewell to Pete Seeger combines music and activism.


Childrens' Book Heroine Madeline Turns 75

Sunday, July 06, 2014

The quintessential Parisian schoolgirl was born in New York City.


'Obvious Child' Turns Abortion into Comedy

Sunday, June 29, 2014

'Obvious Child' is an indie romantic comedy with a twist. In it, Brooklyn comedian Donna Stern — played by former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Jenny Slate — gets an abortion after a one-night stand. 

And she doesn't agonize over it. 

New York filmmaker Gillian Robespierre, who both wrote and directed the film, ...

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A Pair of Clowns in a Senseless World

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Old Woman, directed by the experimental theater artist Robert Wilson at Brooklyn Academy of Music, is an absurdist comedy based on an avant-garde Russian short story. There is no plot, and yet there is an emotional narrative, as two vaudeville-like characters in kabuki white-face and black suits struggle to ...


Sunny Love from Sicily Opens Shakespeare in the Park

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing is the quintessential romantic comedy. Set in sunny Sicily, it features a host of misunderstandings, some light intrigue, a masked ball, and one of the most famous romantic pairings in literature: Beatrice and Benedick, whose "merry war" of wits leads, of course, to falling in ...


One Soldier's Reflections

Friday, June 13, 2014


A Brooklyn-based soldier-turned-writer reflects on the current state of Iraq.


Puerto Rican Voters Could Elect the First Dominican Congressman

Friday, June 06, 2014


State Senator Adriano Espaillat is gaining big-time support in the race to represent East Harlem's congressional district, which has some of the city's highest concentrations of Dominican and Puerto Rican voters. But he’s up against major seniority: Rep. Charlie Rangel, who’s been serving Harlem for 40 years. 


Police Say They Have Stabbing Suspect in Custody

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

The arrest came minutes after Mayor Bill de Blasio held a televised press conference identifying the suspect and seeking the public's help.

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Take This Apartment and Call Me in the Morning

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

There's no doubt Lissette Encarnacion needs her subsidized, supportive housing. But is her apartment a form of healthcare? And if so, who pays for it?

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One Hospital Tells Bronx's Sick: You Call Us, We’ll Call You

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Emergency rooms are expensive, and by the time people get there, things are likely pretty bad. That's why one hospital in the Bronx is trying a new tack — calling patients to coordinate their care.

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Who Will Heal the Bronx?

Monday, June 02, 2014

People in the Bronx have excellent access to health care. So why are so many of them so sick?

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New Yorkers Respond to #YesAllWomen

Monday, May 26, 2014

Women are now sharing personal, negative experiences of being victims of harassment or sexual abuse on Twitter using the hashtag.

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Facing Mortality, with Humor

Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Realistic Joneses is delightfully funny.


Two Provocative Ladies of Brazilian Art

Sunday, May 11, 2014

One artist was saved by art; the other tried to make art heal herself and others.