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:

A Boot Camp Prepares Young Artists for High School Auditions

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A group of public school eighth-graders aiming to get into a performing arts high school just spent two weeks at Lincoln Center, getting performance tips and polish from the pros. 

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Review: 'In & of Itself' Is Much More Than a Magic Show

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Master Magician Derek DelGaudio's performance is a haunting one-man show disguised as a magic act.


ICE Is Arresting Teens Based on Bogus Claims, Says ACLU Lawsuit

Friday, August 11, 2017

The lawsuit claims the Trump administration is falsely accusing immigrant teens of gang affiliations in a concerted effort to deport them.


Review: 'A Parallelogram' Poses an Impossible Question

Sunday, August 06, 2017

If there was going to be a global catastrophe and there was nothing you could do about it — even if you were to go back in time — would you still want to know? 

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Review: A Joyful 'Midsummer Night's Dream' in the Park

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Lear deBessonet's wonderful "theater is for everyone" ascetic is on riotous display in the Public Theater's current Shakespeare in the Park production.


Two Police Officials in New Jersey Placed on Administrative Leave After Officers "Herd" Black Teens

Friday, August 04, 2017

The move follows the release of video last week allegedly showing black teens being pushed out of town by police.

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NYC Mental Health Hotline More Popular Than Expected

Friday, August 04, 2017

NYC Well has received thousands more calls than planners anticipated. First Lady Chirlane McCray says that shows the program is meeting an important need.

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MTA has $800M Plan to Fix the Subways — Now It Needs the City to Split the Costs

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Derailments, track fires, power outages and increasing delays. But the new Chairman of the MTA has a plan, if the city will help.

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REVIEW: "Pipeline" Looks at the Trials of a Black Boy

Saturday, July 15, 2017

A play about how young men who are African American have the deck stacked against them.


New Americans Celebrate Citizenship, and Nation's Independence Day

Friday, June 30, 2017

As the U.S. prepares to celebrate the Fourth of July, some are also celebrating their first Independence Day as American citizens.


Despite MTA Warnings, Passengers Continue to Self-Evacuate

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The MTA says don't do it. But increasing service problems have passengers taking to the tracks.

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Review: '1984' Is a Scream from a Dystopian Future (or Past)

Saturday, June 24, 2017

The adaptation of George Orwell's novel premiered in London in 2013 — but seems to point to a future America dystopia.


Review: Enchanting, Immersive 'Ghostlight' Brings the Audience Backstage

Saturday, June 24, 2017

We get to see it all, from the costume shop to the rehearsal room. 


Review: 'Seeing You' Is a Walk Into the Nightmare of War

Saturday, June 24, 2017

A new immersive show punctures the sentimentality attached to WWII, reminding us there can be a dark side to patriotism.


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.