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:

Review: A Trumpian 'Caesar' at Shakespeare in the Park

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

This production of "Caesar" is mind-crushingly good, in no small part because it speaks precisely to our times.

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Waving Goodbye to the Circus

Monday, May 22, 2017

One of my first memories was of Ringling Brothers at Nassau Coliseum. Last night, it closed there, after 146 years.

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Review: Facing the Fallout from Youthful Choices in 'Her Portmanteau'

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Two plays about the Nigerian-American immigrant experience are currently playing in repertory at New York Theatre Workshop.


Immigrants Now Comprise Half the City's Seniors

Thursday, May 18, 2017

There are a million people over the age of 65 living in the five boroughs, and half are immigrants.


Review: Marriage, Deconstructed in 'A Doll's House, Part 2'

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Fifteen years after Nora slammed the door on her marriage in Henrik Ibsen's classic play "A Doll's House," she's back — because she wants a favor.


Serious, Complex Musicals Star in the Tony Nominations

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

"Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812" got 12 nominations, but "Dear Evan Hansen" is favored to win best new musical.


Outspoken Principal on Racial Justice Accuses City of Retaliation

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Jill Bloomberg, principal of Park Slope Collegiate, is being investigated for alleged communist activities. A lawsuit filed by Bloomberg calls the investigation "chilling."

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Review: Bette Midler is Sassy and Brassy in "Hello Dolly"

Monday, May 01, 2017

If this is a musical you already love — then there's everything to like.


Review: "Six Degrees of Separation" Shows Its Age, But Beautifully

Saturday, April 29, 2017

The social satire seems almost quaint 27 years after it first opened on Broadway.  But seeing it today, deeper themes emerge.


Review: 'Anastasia' Is a Romantic Fairy Tale

Saturday, April 29, 2017

By the time she meets the woman who might be her grandmother, she's convinced herself, the con men and us that she's the lost Duchess. 


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.


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.


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

Saturday, April 08, 2017

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


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.


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.