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: 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. 


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.


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.


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.


Cuomo Misses Key Opportunity to Address Albany Ethics

Monday, March 28, 2016

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


REVIEW: Fiery 'Dry Powder' Questions Capitalism

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Claire Danes and John Krasinski star in a new play at the Public Theater that examines if humanity and capitalism can exist together in society.

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Review: Searing Performances in Broadway's 'Blackbird'

Saturday, March 19, 2016

The play, directed by Joe Mantello, is about a woman who confronts the man who abused her when she was 12 years old.


Review: A Wedding Weekend Goes Wrong in 'Familiar'

Friday, March 04, 2016

 In Danai Gurira's new play at Playwrights Horizons, the family's self-image of comfortable American assimilation is about to dissolve.   


Review: Forest Whitaker Shines in Lackluster 'Hughie'

Saturday, February 27, 2016

In this play by Eugene O’Neill, Whitaker plays Erie Smith, a down-on-his-luck gambler.


From Astoria to Midtown, NYC Locations Star in Oscar-Nominated Movies

Friday, February 26, 2016

Last year’s Best Picture winner, Birdman, put the Theater District in a starring role. This year, three Oscar movies were filmed in the city: Bridge of Spies, The Big Short and Brooklyn.


Review: The Strange, Beautiful World of 'Nice Fish'

Friday, February 26, 2016

Based on the work of Louis Jenkins, the play is a theatrical experiment, an existential poem, that takes place in the flat, almost featureless landscape of a frozen lake in Minnesota.


Harper Lee, In Her Own Words

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Lee was famously reclusive. But before she largely vanished from the public spotlight, she spoke to WQXR.

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Review: 'The Humans' Captures a Family's Fears

Friday, February 19, 2016

Stephen Karam's insightful, melancholy, it's funny-because-it's-true drama is about the fears of one family — and of many others in this post-9/11 America.


Review: 'The Grand Paradise' Turns Up the 1970s Heat

Saturday, February 13, 2016

An immersive theater experience set at a tropical resort becomes a dark meditation on pleasure and the passage of time.


'Prodigal Son' Fails to Make the Grade

Friday, February 12, 2016

In this new play, playwright John Patrick Shanley has written a love letter. To himself.


Two NYPD Officers Shot in the Bronx

Thursday, February 04, 2016

The officers were shot on Thursday night, just miles from where Mayor Bill de Blasio was giving the State of the City address. Officials say their injuries are not life-threatening.


Review: 'Sojourners': A Beautiful New Play About the American Dream

Friday, January 29, 2016

Nigerian-American playwright Mfoniso Udofia's work is an incisive exploration of the choices immigrants must make to become Americans.