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: 'Fireflies' Suffers Under the Weight of Too Much Melodrama

Sunday, October 21, 2018

A compelling premise quickly devolves into a soap opera.


Review: 'The Lifespan of a Fact' Gets a Lot Wrong

Saturday, October 20, 2018

This polished piece stars Cherry Jones, Bobby Cannavale and Daniel Radcliffe, but the performances can't hide that there's no "there" there.


Report Finds City's Top Investigator Lacks Respect for Law

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A report into whistleblower complaints finds Department of Investigation Commissioner Mark Peters used questionable legal arguments to take over investigations of city schools. 


'Oklahoma's' Dream Ballet Reflects National Anxieties — Then and Now

Friday, October 05, 2018

A shadow of fear hovers over the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic musical, which made the original production relevant during World War II — and makes it relevant now.


Train Derailment Snarls Evening Commute at New York Penn Station

Thursday, October 04, 2018

No one was injured in the two-car derailment of a Montclair State University-bound New Jersey Transit train just before 6:30 p.m. Thursday night.

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This Harvest Season, Check Out Concrete Plant Park

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Seriously. It's where the city is piloting a 24/7 food garden that anyone can pick from.

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Drafters of the 25th Amendment Say It's Not Meant to Be Dragged into Politics

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

A dive into the 25th Amendment with two of the people who helped draft and pass it.

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Review: 'Bernhardt/Hamlet' Flounders

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The actor Sarah Bernhard was a legend in turn-of-the-century Europe and America. This Broadway show doesn't do her justice.


Review: 'The True' Is Truly Extraordinary

Saturday, September 22, 2018

In actor Edie Falco's hands, Polly Noonan becomes one of the great characters of the American stage.

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Review: Exquisite New 'Uncle Vanya' Is Intimate, Resonant

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Director Richard Nelson has a gift for portraying families — capturing the affection and tension that arises in everyday intimacy.


Welcome to the Little Dominican Republic

Friday, September 07, 2018

Washington Heights is seeking to attract more tourism and neighborhood pride by promoting its Dominican roots, at a time when the Dominican population is falling.

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A Musical That's Traveled the World Comes Home to New York

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

For its cast, "The Gospel at Colonus" is more than just a musical. It's a family — and a spiritual journey.


Review: 'Pretty Woman: The Musical' Is Pretty Perfect

Friday, August 17, 2018

Our #MeToo era might seem like the exact wrong moment to launch a Broadway musical based on a 30-year-old rom-com, but this production transforms the movie into something new.

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Activists Call on Albany to Renew NYC School Zone Speed Cameras

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Activists and NYC officials rallied in Brooklyn on Wednesday to call for state legislators to return to Albany for a special legislative session in order to turn the cameras back on.


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.