A Look Back at the 2014 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival

Robert of Audacity Theatre Lab of Dallas presented Eternal Goldfish, which was voted as one of the Best of the Loop at the 2014 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival. Photo courtesy Audacity Theatre Lab.
Brad McEntire of Audacity Theatre Lab of Dallas presented Eternal Goldfish, which was voted as one of the Best of the Loop at the 2014 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival. Photo courtesy Audacity Theatre Lab.

The 2014 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival came to a conclusion this past weekend. The 10-day event featuring theater, music and dance, which began on March 6 and ended on March 16, certainly did not disappoint in its latest installment. WaterTower Theatre once again held an incredible event packed with 57 performances from start to finish.

The Best of the Loop performances were announced on Saturday. Loopies, as subscribers to the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival call themselves, and other attendees voted on their favorite performances, one for each of the three venues. Trick Boxing, from Sossy Mechanics’ of Minneapolis, won the Main Stage vote; No Show: A One Woman Show, from comic Jenn Dodd of New York, won the Studio Theatre vote; and Eternal Goldfish, created and performed by Brad McEntire of Dallas’ Audacity Theatre Lab, won the Stone Cottage vote.

While the entire festival may have you feeling a bit loopy, there are absolutely no losers to the 2014 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival. Other highlights of the festival included seven world premieres and some amazing acting and performances.

The 2014 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival began with Honky, which proved to be a fantastic highlight and beginning to the festival. Watching the characters struggle and grasp with race issues held the audience’s attention, but still kept the audience laughing with great writing and acting. Searching for Gertrude Lawrence dazzled Loopies and attendees alike with Diana Sheenhan’s one woman show. Playing With Myself, An Exercise in Narcissism‘s one man show had the audience prepared for anything, including ‘Bad Shakespeare,’ which still is in my head even a week after the performance.

All in all, the 2014 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival was a delight. I believe I can speak for everyone in saying that we cannot wait for next year’s festival. And as they say, “Life is better on the fringe.”

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