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:
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.
Friday, April 21, 2017
March for Science NYC may be non-partisan, but the political overtones are undeniable.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saturday, April 08, 2017
Even Phillipa Soo as Amélie can't ignite this new musical based on the 2001 film.
Saturday, April 08, 2017
It's slapstick silliness that literally brings the house down.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
This revival has all the glitz the show is famous for — and humanity, too.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Danny DeVito, Mark Ruffalo, Jessica Hecht and Tony Shalhoub bring a warm wit to Arthur Miller's almost-classic.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
As fares rise, frustrated straphangers turn to a satirical Twitter account.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
The latest play from MacArthur 'genius' grant winner Branden Jacobs-Jenkins tackles the big issues: Life. Death. God.
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.
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.
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.
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.