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The definition of insanity is, apparently, trying to make it as an actor in New York City—especially if you’re 38 years old, you’ve got a family to support, and you’re still waiting for that big break. That’s the situation for Robert Margolis, the lead character played by Definition of Insanity’s co-writer/co-director/co-producer, who’s also named Robert Margolis. In the mockumentary-style film, Margolis endures daily humiliations such as working as a telemarketer for a dog-food company, relying on his parents for money, and passing out fliers while dressed in a pig costume. He keeps going because he truly believes that his next role is going to be the big one—the one that turns his career around, saves his marriage, and restores his dignity. The futility is obvious to everyone but him, but the film itself has found considerably more success, playing at a whopping 19 film festivals worldwide. The film screens at 7:30 p.m. at the District of Columbia Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $10. (800) 494-8497. (Rachel Beckman)