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: 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.

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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.

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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: In "Fade," Two Immigrants Square Off

Saturday, February 11, 2017

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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: 'Beauty Queen of Leenane' Strikes at the Heart

Saturday, January 21, 2017

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

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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.

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Earth's Temperature Rises, Again

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Climate experts say the new record confirms there's a problem.

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Street Artists Say New Second Avenue Stations Are Not Welcoming

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The three new Second Avenue subway stations are praised for being clean, modern, and having great public art. Street buskers aren't finding the stations quite as welcoming.

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With Pending Trump Inauguration, Artists and Cultural Institutions Prepare — and Protest

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Ranging from calls for an art strike to free admission to the "Ghostlight Project," New York City's artistic community is preparing for the new Trump administration.

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Donald Trump's Childhood Home Auctioned Off

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Interest came from China, South Africa and Europe, but the sealed bidding didn't reveal who the buyers were, or why they would want the five-bedroom, Jamaica Estates home.

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Disciplinary Trial Begins for Officer in Ramarley Graham Shooting

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Graham's family — and the NYPD — want Officer Richard Haste fired.

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Review: Cate Blanchett Is Explosive in "The Present"

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Try to take your eyes off Blanchett in this adaptation of an early Chekov play. You can't. 

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NJ Adoptees Can Now Get Birth Certificates

Monday, January 09, 2017

Some adoptees will learn the identities of their birth mothers for the first time.

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