Nancy Hopps fairly beams as she casts her inner glow over the Eugene Chamber Theatre’s “The Descent of Inanna,” a dark and complex modern telling of a 5,000 year old Sumarian myth. Hopps does it all – sings, dances, acts. But primarily she makes you believe in the joys, pains and magnitude of Inanna’s challenges. Her Inanna embodies all the elements of both a sprite and a stone. She is vague and ephemeral one moment, specific and sensual the next. It is her show, and she puts an enormous stamp o…
Hopps is a pleasant addition to the ACE company. She has an animated air, a fine voice and an engaging persona. In several of the songs, Hopps is paired with Russell; it is a winning combination. The chemistry between them is evident.
Guest director Peter Anthony created a revision of this Shakespearean masterpiece that allowed the author’s revision and passion to emerge through the original eloquent dialogue…one change that made this production so enjoyable for the audience was the continual stage presence of the three witches who open the play. Sheila San Nicholas, Nancy Hopps, and Gwyneth Moss Bregdon wowed the audience with dynamic weirdness and aerobic dances throughout the performance, often with mime, sometimes with mi…
[In the touring production of An Oregon Idyl] Nancy Hopps as Margaret is really the driving force of this show. Her presence always stirs up interest. She is both learned and lusty, an entertaining combination.
[The Taming of the Shrew] is blessed with a delightful cast, dominated by Richard Leebrick as Petruchio and Nancy Hopps as Kate. The two have worked together before, and their strengths are well-matched. Both are highly physical actors with excellent vocal skills and comic timing. We’re lucky to have them here in Eugene.
…The story of Inanna and her sister is a story distilled through five millennia of retelling into intense images which link the common human experience of countless cultures. This exceptional production condenses timeless human tales of jealously, rejection and acclaim, exclusion and inclusion, power, romance, and sensuality. Inanna, played by Nancy Hopps, is radiant, sensual, and powerful. She moves gracefully through the world of light in flowing gossamer garments, representing status, marriag…
…What is also in the play’s favor is seven terrific roles for four actors. First, there is Sylvia, a tour-de-force role played to the whiskers by Nancy Hopps. She is everything a winsome dog can be – cute, peppy, poutty, sexy, irritable, you name it. She throws herself headlong into the demanding role and carries the day. A stunning performance!
[In Spinning Into Butter] Nancy Hopps as Sarah is natural and always believable as she reveals more and more of her scars.
Hopps is charming in “Raw Canvas,” The story of Rosalyn, a talented painter, inspired by Walton’s own mother-in-law, Australian artist Helen Marshall.
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