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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 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:

Review: 'Incognito' Is All Brain

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Nick Payne is a dazzling playwright. But this Off Broadway production sacrifices feeling for thought.

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REVIEW: Two Tragic Tales of Love

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Two new Off-Broadway shows focus on historical love stories that have dire results.

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Fed Officials Force Board of Elections to Address Voting Rights Questions

Friday, May 20, 2016

Could the voter purge have been prevented by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act?

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Review: Bianco Is a Rowdy Circus That's Literally in Your Face

Saturday, May 14, 2016

St. Ann's Warehouse is known for innovative theater. But this is new, even for them — a circus tent under the Brooklyn Bridge, right next to their Water Street space.

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New York City Board of Elections Apologizes for Brooklyn Voter Purge — But Dismisses Calls for Reform

Friday, May 13, 2016

It was supposed to be a conversation about dollars and cents. But a Friday afternoon budget hearing for the Board of Elections spent more time on another topic: the Brooklyn voter purge.

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Yet Again, a Once-Powerful Politician Faces Prison

Thursday, May 12, 2016

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Former state senator falls from grace, and drags his family with him.

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A Month Into a Strike, Verizon Workers Are Discouraged

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Union chief Joan Rodriguez is one of thousands of Verizon workers who are on strike, and struggling to stay optimistic.

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Review: "Revolt" Attacks a World Made by Men

Saturday, May 07, 2016

"Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again" uses short scenes, a bare set and a cast of four to assault misogynist mores in humorous, unexpected ways.

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Even at the Tony's, It's Not All About 'Hamilton'

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Even if you can't secure a golden Hamilton ticket, there's plenty of good theater on Broadway. And if these plays don't win a Tony, they're likely to close.

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A Little Brown Bird, Struggling to Hang On

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

WNYC's Wild NYC project is taking a look at some of the diversity of wildlife in the city. But not all of the wildlife here is doing so well. 

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New York Sees Spike in Diversity on Theater Stages

Monday, May 02, 2016

Stage productions saw a major increase in Asian American representation, but on Broadway, African American and Latino actors languished.

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Review: Explosive First Act of 'Shuffle Along,' But Second Half Disappoints

Sunday, May 01, 2016

This musical is important — but the director invests so little in the motivations of his characters that we don't feel emotionally tied to what happens to them.

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Review: Lange Shines in 'Long Day's Journey Into Night'

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Jessica Lange, in one of the most substantive roles for older women in the theater, plays Mary Cavan Tyrone, a morphine addict based on playwright Eugene O'Neill's own mother. 

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NYCHA Targeted After Historic Gang Bust in the Bronx

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

In what was said to be the largest drug bust in modern city history, 120 accused gang members were arrested. 

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Review: A Waitress, a Serial Killer and Eternal Life Come to Broadway

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Musicals based on 'Waitress,' 'American Psycho,' and 'Tuck Everlasting' are now on Broadway. Theater critics from WNYC and the Daily News review the latest adaptations.

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400 Years Later, Shakespeare Is Still an American Star

Friday, April 22, 2016

He died on April 23, 1616, yet productions of his plays remain fresh and contemporary.

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Protests as All 3 GOP Candidates Appear at Midtown Gala

Thursday, April 14, 2016

There was a festive atmosphere, as Trump piñatas bobbed in the air.

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Sanders Gets Warm Welcome at Sharpton's National Action Network

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Sanders told the audience he marched on Washington with Dr. King, but he highlighted the familiar themes of his campaign, including income inequality and free college.

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Review: New Takes on Theater Classics

Friday, April 01, 2016

Several new productions on and off-Broadway re-imagine classic plays in new, vibrant ways.

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Cuomo Misses Key Opportunity to Address Albany Ethics

Monday, March 28, 2016

Government watchdog says Cuomo's bargaining power wanes after budget negotiations end.

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