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Carol Bobrow, Bob Eisen, and Charlie Vernon 

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Eleven years ago, Charlie Vernon sold me my house. One year later, he made his last dance--until now. The monthlong Link's Hall Homecoming Series opens with a weekend of new works by Link's Hall founders; Vernon was one of them, and his Exit Plans covers all the bases of his past life: his experiences as a choreographer, performer, father, and real estate salesman. The charm, intelligence, and fey sense of humor that I'm sure have done wonders for him as a salesman also inform this dance, which includes a thoughtful, witty text on the nature of homes, of selling, of safety and self-protection. The dancing, especially Christy Munch's as a stand-in for Doris Humphrey (or is she Isadora? or Ruth?), is just as witty but even more thoughtful, more tied to the moral undercurrents and serious musings in Vernon's prose. Yet his sometimes wicked irony and sometimes silly sense of humor keep us out of the bogs of sentimentality: there's something almost Chaplinesque about Vernon's own appearance in this dance, both comic and pathetic, a solitary figure in a porkpie hat. Fellow Link's founders Carol Bobrow and Ruth Page award winner Bob Eisen have also choreographed new works for this program, which plays Friday and Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 7. Friday's performance includes a preshow march around the block, accompanied by percussionists Winston Damon and Ulele at 7, and ends with a free reception. At Link's Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield; $7. Call 281-0824 for tickets and info.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Michael P. Filler.

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