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When Woody Allen dumped Annabelle Gurwitch from a play, the actor-comedian turned being sacked into a gig. She compiled tales of painful terminations into a show, a book, and—with directors Chris Bradley and Kyle LaBrache—a comic documentary, each titled Fired! The film is a bit awkward, since it puts laid-off UAW workers, a grief counselor, and a former “rightsizing” consultant next to such Gurwitch showbiz pals as Anne Meara, Tim Allen, Illeana Douglas, Sarah Silverman, Fisher Stevens, and Fred Willard, who bitches about losing a sitcom role as he soaks in a hot tub. In a country where working-class trades are besieged, it’s not particularly incisive to have Andy Dick pose as a zany mobile-luncheonette operator. But a lot of this stuff is funny, not least the Jungian rabbi who earnestly counsels that losing a job is a step toward transcending the ego. Gurwitch will sign books after the screening at 7:30 p.m. at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $8.50. (202) 777-3248. (MJ)

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