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: '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.


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: '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.


Here For It: Naomi Wadler Shines, the 'Vanity Fair' Cover We Need and Snoop Takes Us to Church

Monday, March 26, 2018

The children are our future, but so is Lena Waithe. Also, you don't have to be religious to appreciate why Snoop Dogg has the perfect voice for gospel music.  

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Review: A Delightful (and Darker) 'Frozen' Is Meant for Fans

Saturday, March 24, 2018

The musical is not so different from the movie, which means that whether you'll love it depends a lot on whether the Disney film is one of your favorites.


Federal Government Joins Lawsuit Against the MTA

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York is joining in a lawsuit against the MTA over one subway station in the Bronx. 

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Review: 'The Low Road' Is a Sharp Satire of the American Financial System

Saturday, March 10, 2018

In Bruce Norris's satire of human frailty and American finance, there are no redeeming figures.


In Campus Rape Case, a Tale of Two Justice Systems

Friday, March 09, 2018

Yale's internal investigation process uses a lower standard of evidence than criminal trials, and is largely influenced by its campus culture of affirmative consent.


Governor Cuomo Promotes Energy Policies While Winking at Presidential Ambitions

Friday, March 09, 2018

An event publicized as being about renewable energy sounded more like a campaign rally.


'Drag Queen Story Hour' Brings Some Sparkle to Preschoolers

Friday, March 09, 2018

Drag Queen Story Hour is exactly what it sounds like. And it's coming to a library near you.

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Concerned Students Tell de Blasio They Don't Trust School Safety Agents

Friday, March 09, 2018

Mayor de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray got an earful from more than 150 teenagers worried about school safety.


Dominican Protesters Call Attention to Femicide, Urge New Yorkers to Take Action

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Ex-pats from the Dominican Republic marched the streets of Washington Heights Thursday evening, denouncing a rash of gender-based killings in their home country.