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: 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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


Review: In "Fade," Two Immigrants Square Off

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Playwright Tanya Saracho has big ambitions here: race, class and immigration.


New Jersey Republicans Say Trump Is Making Good on Campaign Promises

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Local voters say they're impressed with the job President Trump is doing so far.

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Review: 'Yen' Is a Remarkable Look at the Humanity of Young Criminals

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Anna Jordan's play starring Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges does the extraordinary: It creates empathy for people we otherwise would likely have no empathy for.


From Marching to Running (for Office): Keeping Up the Momentum of the Women's March

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Weeks after the historic march, activists and organizers are trying to keep people involved in fighting for change.

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Protesters Urge Sen. Chuck Schumer to Step Up Resistance

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Thousands of protesters lined the sidewalks around Grand Army Plaza to say the Senate Minority Leader isn't doing enough.

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Local Rep. Donovan Backs Trump Immigration Ban, Despite Worried Constituents

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

While other Republicans criticize immigration order, Donovan wants to give the idea a chance.


Tears, Fears and Sierra Leone Soup at New Jersey's Refugee Cafe

Monday, January 30, 2017

At a cafe run by refugees and political asylees in New Jersey, the magnitude of President Trump's executive edicts reverberate in heartbreaking ways. 

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REVIEW: August Wilson's 'Jitney' Roars onto Broadway

Saturday, January 21, 2017

As directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, this magnificent production is one of the best shows to be staged this year.


REVIEW: 'Beauty Queen of Leenane' Strikes at the Heart

Saturday, January 21, 2017

A fierce, dark comedy is ripe with humor — and horror.