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Kit Bix (Karen Helfand Bix)

Last updated

September 23, 2017
 

Biography

KIt Bix (AKA Karen Helfand Bix) is a performer, a theatre critic (The Villager, Twin Cities Arts Reader, Talkin' Broadway, TCJewfolk), and an academic, specializing in early modern drama.  Most recently she produced and adapted It Can't Happen Here as a a benefit production for ACLU-MN at the 2017 Minnesota Fringe Festival  She received her theatre training at the Goodman School of Drama at DePaul University (now known as the Depaul Conservatory), and has several graduate degrees in literature (as well as an MA in creative writing).  Locally she has performed with Savage Umbrella, Nimbus Theatre Company, Theatre Pro Rata, where she is currently a board member, and other theaters. (See resume for NY credits.).  She is a member of the Twin Cities Theater Bloggers and  the founder of the popular Facebook group Twin Cities Theater People. In addtion to  theater criticism,  her publlished work includes literary scholarship, book reviews, fiction, children's literature, and poetry. 

Reviews:  

Kalevala, nimbus theater:

"As the witch Louhi, Kit Bix is delightfully nasty and deceitful." (Arty Dorman, Talkin' Broadway)

A Lie of the Mind, Theatre Pro Rata:

"Standout performances in this production include Kit Bix as Lorraine, Joy Dolo as Sally, Don Maloney as Baylor, and Amy Pirkl as Beth..... Kit Bix as Lorraine captures the fervent blind-sightedness of an earnest mother in her haggard shout, 'Is there a good reason in this Christ-less world why men leave women?' Her tired eyes, scratchy maternal obstinance, and resolute faith in her son buoy her above Jake’s conniving rants and manic obsessions....  Dolo and Bix argue so honestly and painfully..." (Lisa Hu, Minnesota Playlist, September 17, 2015).

"Kit Bix fully draws out the abundant humor and brio in Lorraine's character as well as the pathos with which she struggles to hold sway in a world gone out of control" (Arthur Dorman, Talkin' Broadway, 9/15). 

"Jake's smothering mother, Lorraine (a dynamic Kit Bix), long abandoned by her husband, is so domineering she wants him never to leave her"  (Lisa Brock, Star Tribune, 9/14/15).

Ghost Sonata, Nimbus Theatre Company: 

"Karen Bix plays the Mummy with great finesse (if I can use that word to describe a woman who starts Act II talking like a parrot). As she gradually reclaims her personhood, Bix modulates her voice to great effect; her forays in and out of the safety of her wrappings allow us to see the Mummy as a feminist figure without losing any of the character’s unsettling weirdness. Charles Numrich plays the Old Man with the casually-veiled threat of a successful manipulator, and his scenes with Bix, in particular, have an electric push-pull dynamic to them" (Sophie Kerman, Minnesota Playlist, 11/11/14).

"...an acting ensemble that moves like graceful phantoms, bearing witness to long hidden truths that have come to light" (John Townsend, Star Tribune, 11/3/14). 

"My favorite characters were the Maid/Mummy/Mommy (Karen Bix) who does an awesome parrot..." (Twin Cities Daily Planet, Betsy Gee, 11/10/14). 

Rapture,  Savage Umbrella: "the eccentric neighbor Ann (Karen Bix, a hoot)" (Cherry and Spoon, March 15, 2014) 

Good Woman of Setzuan, Theatre Pro Rata: "Bix is delightfully ruthless on her son’s behalf throughout the story" (Mathew Everett, TC Daily Planet, October 28, 2013). 

The Cripple of Inishmaan, Nimbus Theatre Company:

"Karen Helfand Bix and Jan Hammill are gritty examples of matronliness gone toxic" (John Townsend, Lavender Magazine, 3/13/12). 

"Director Kari Hammer has assembled a fine ensemble to tell a complex story that both celebrates and skewers a variety of clichés of picaresque Irish culture. Karen Helfand Bix and Jane Hammill bring a heavy fatalism to their roles as the two "aunties" who have raised Billy and predict nothing but sorrow for his future ("Tears, death or worse," one of them dolefully remarks)" (Lisa Brock, Star Tribune, Dec. 3, 2012). 

True Love, Chamelean Theatre Circle:  "As a frustrated and lonely stepmother Polly, Karen Bix also brings an eloquence and wide emotional range to a part that could have easily been painfully shrill" (Sophie Kerman, Aisle Say, 4/15/12). 

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