Indeed it is a “cultural theater”.
The key to succeeding in the teaching is realizing the theatrical aspect of Creation and especially the theater of the human world of interactions. Many people can succeed in mechanical practices of the teaching, yet, there is neglect in dealing with the deep-rooted issues of the unconscious that promote holding on to the passions of the theater. This is why it is necessary to cleanse the “offending” negative aryu in the unconscious even as the conscious mind is also retrained and disciplined. Then there can be true success instead of self-delusion on the spiritual path.