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“Koraiya!” shouts someone in the audience, acclaiming the actor center stage. Feeding off the adulation, he launches into his next line. “What a useless fellow you are,” he yells, berating the servant at his side. “You shall pay dearly!”

“Koraiya!” someone else yells from the back of the theater — again urging on the star by calling out the name of the actors’ “house” to which he belongs.

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