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When I taught at colleges here in the 1980s, I marveled at my students’ freedom, including freedom from study. They could spend most of their waking hours at part-time jobs or club activities and still, somehow, graduate.

But, as Shinya Tamada’s ensemble drama, “Lust in a Karaoke Box,” shows with the persuasiveness of deep familiarity, this carefree existence has its downsides — and is not as unfettered as it looks from the outside.

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