Jennifer Vanasco

Jennifer Vanasco is an editor at WNYC, where she edits local reporting 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 for 14 years and won the Peter Lisagor Award for opinion writing from the Society of Professional Journalists three times. She has also won awards from the New York State Broadcaster's Association, the Associated Press and the Webbys, has published work in anthologies, and was a fellow at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center and SPACE at Ryder Farm. She has taught journalism at Columbia University and the University of Chicago, is on the faculty of the critic's program at the O'Neill, and was invited by the U.S. State Department to coach Iraqi journalists on media ethics at the United Nations. She graduated from Wellesley. You can follow her on Twitter @JenniferVanasco

Jennifer Vanasco appears in the following:

Review: 'Fire in Dreamland' Doesn't Ignite

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Despite being about a post-Sandy couple, Rinne Groff's Coney Island never feels like a real place, but only a glorious, dreamy moment in memory.


Review: In 'The Damned,' a Nightmare of Facism Aided by Greed

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Not even the audience escapes the feeling of guilt.


Review: In "Skintight," Rich People Grasp for Beauty

Saturday, July 07, 2018

The Off Broadway production is a sleek, urban comedy about reprehensible people with a simplistic message: beauty buys you stuff.


Review: Carrie Mulligan Is Extraordinary; The Play, Not So Much

Sunday, July 01, 2018

The one-woman, Off Broadway show "Girls & Boys" showcases her great talents. But the play founders.

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Review: 'Teenage Dick' Sets 'Richard III' in a High School

Saturday, June 30, 2018

This bright, new work riffs off Shakespeare, turning wicked King Richard into an excluded teenager who has a devious plan to become high school class president.


Review: Intimate Magic Show Surprises with 'Impossible Things'

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Joshua Jay is part of a new trend in magic that focuses less on grand-scale illusions and more on intimate experiences that leave the audience awestruck and moved. 


Review: A Straightforward 'Othello' at Shakespeare in the Park

Saturday, June 23, 2018

An intelligent, cool reading of a play that can be intense and hotheaded.


What to Look for at the Tony Awards on Sunday

Saturday, June 09, 2018

The best part of the Tony Awards is usually the performances and this year, there's everything from "Frozen" to Bruce Springsteen.


Review: 'Harry Potter' Weaves a Magic Spell

Saturday, April 28, 2018

The special effects are wonderful. But that's not the only reason this show is enchanting.

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Some Theater Classics Are Brought Down by Gender Stereotypes. Not 'Pygmalion.'

Saturday, April 21, 2018

George Bernard Shaw's 1913 drama is the source for "My Fair Lady." And in this #MeToo moment, it's  surprisingly contemporary.


Review: 'My Fair Lady' Is Loverly

Saturday, April 21, 2018

On today's stages, this 1956 Lerner and Loewe musical might not have worked. But at Lincoln Center, it does.


Review: 'Carousel' Is Luminescent, But Should It Still Be Revived?

Saturday, April 14, 2018

It's hard to imagine a more radiant production than this one, but the romantic sets are at sharp odds with the story of domestic abuse.

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City's Mental Health Hotline Fails Those Who Need it Most, Critics Say

Thursday, April 12, 2018

After police killed a mentally ill man, Mayor de Blasio has been urging New Yorkers to call the city's hotline. But critics say, it's not the right resource.

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Mapping Out New York's Eviction Rates

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

A Princeton University study analyzes eviction rates, but the problem is more complex than it appears


Here For It: Tracy Morgan Returns, National Poetry Month and Bow Down to Ms. Cardi B

Monday, April 09, 2018

Morgan is just plain winning in The Last OG. It's National Poetry Month and Danez Smith is so good. And also, Cardi B. That is all.  


Review: A Woman Falls Apart, in a Devastating 'Yerma'

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Simon Stone's shattering drama showcases Billie Piper in the most compelling performance of the season.


Review: Angels in America Stutters, Then Soars

Saturday, March 31, 2018

When Tony Kushner's masterwork exploded onto the stage in 1993, it was capturing the zeitgeist. It no longer has the same power — but it still resonates.


In the Days Before Easter, a Portrait of Hell at a Cathedral on the Upper West Side

Friday, March 30, 2018

St. John the Divine's annual reading of Dante's Inferno makes for a spirited evening. 


Imagine a Job Where Everyone Is Mad at You: Traffic Agents Don't Have To, and Now They Want Respect

Thursday, March 29, 2018

A bill in Albany would make them peace officers, which would offer more protection from angry motorists.

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Woman Uses Billboards to Speak Out About Sexual Abuse, Pressure Lawmakers

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

A woman who says she was abused by a former teacher says New York state lawmakers need to pass the Child Victims Act.