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The lawn grass kanji is intimately tied to the theater world. Knowing about 芝 therefore enables you to discuss the pretension and theatrical behavior that can characterize that culture. Learn how to use the word for "theater" to say that someone is faking something (such as illness).
June 4, 2016: On page 4, I changed the definition of 芝居っ気 from "theatrical" to “a theatrical way" because 芝居っ気 is a noun.
Sept. 14, 2012: I added a photo to page 10.
Apr. 6, 2012: I fixed a typo. Also, I added a photo to page 9.