by Cate Cammarata · August 20, 2014
The Link to the Missing Link sets itself up as a non-scientific inquiry to analyze human evolution through the window of 21st century media - in a comic way, of course. What follows is a dizzying stream of pop culture references, computer and mobile technology, and every genre of television programming imaginable, presented by three performers on a bare stage with only three bean bag chairs and a highly energetic sound technician/composer on the side. The evolution thread is loosely revisited at the end through Google searches and monkey sounds.
The three dancers, played by Michelle Birmingham, Ali Burke and Leanne Smith, switch from top models to chefs to reality housewives seamlessly in a blink of an eye. Unfortunately their movements often aren't synchronized or add to the story, but instead sometimes feel like gratuitous action. The main attraction is watching Michael DeQuattro in the corner performing as a one-man band. The sheer delight he exhibits as he slides and pushes buttons, drums, and turns knobs on a techno setup that could possibly launch a rocket is more entertaining than the performance itself. Overall I couldn't help but get the impression I had landed back in Teletubbies Land, complete with matching jumpsuits.
There are no new discoveries in The Link to the Missing Link, no new journeys or information. I take that back - I left with an enormous respect for the impact that technology has had on the development of the millennial brain. That may be the greatest missing link of all.