- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Losing a job tends to be one of life’s unavoidable setbacks. This great leveler has now become the subject of a matched humor book and documentary feature titled Fired!: Tales of the Canned, Canceled, Downsized, and Dismissed. The author of the book and narrator of the film, actress Annabelle Gurwitch, formerly co-host of the diverting television series “Dinner and a Movie,” will be participating in the annual Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival at the Washington, D.C. Jewish Community Center. Miss Gurwitch hosts a preview of the film on Monday at 7:30 p.m. Evidently, she is one of the numerous performers sacked by Woody Allen over the course of his directing career. Advance tickets for “Fired!” or other literary festival programs are $8.50 or $10 at the door, with discounts available for Center members. 1529 16th St. NW. 202/777-3250 or www.washingtondcjcc.org

— Gary Arnold

Nobody likes a tattletale, especially when the blabbermouth in question threatens the cozy prosperity of a Norwegian town known for its healthful spa. The fact that Dr. Thomas Stockmann is morally and scientifically right in his discovery that the public baths are toxic is immaterial — the town?s poohbahs and great unwashed don’t want to be inconvenienced or pay up to have the situation rectified. They want the status quo — even if it kills them and the tourists. That’s Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, and the Shakespeare Theatre?s careful production is leaner, more honed and more cruelly funny than the version Olney Theatre presented this summer. All the streamlining points to the last line of the play, when the financially and professionally compromised doctor stands alone. Through Oct. 22 at 450 7th St. NW. $19 to $76.25. 202/547-1122

— Jayne Blanchard

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