Here are a couple mentioned in my post
Kabuki is a form of Japanese theater. The proper word should be, kuroko, which is a stage hand dressed entirely in black and are considered invisible. Stage hands assit in costume changes and moving things on the set. The term has evolved in the reenacting community to mean the people behind the scenes doing the work so the reenactors can reenact.
When I wrote, visible kabuki, I meant people like those involved in moving trash, cleaning portajohns, making sure the water lines are running and et cetera. People who make an effort to not be so noticeable and obvious when performing logistical duties are always appreciated.
"Been to the circus and seen the elephant"
Seeing the elephant is a common theme in period literature. Elephants were an unusual thing to be seen in America. The first glimpse by folks then was often in a travelling circus. I have seen it used by folks early in the Civil War to describe their first battle. Here's a google search I used for the term, seen the elephant.
An interesting quote is, "I've seen the elephant, and I've heard the owl, and I've been to the other side of the mountain."
- Silas Tackitt
"I consider him a humbug, a man of small capacity, very obstinate, not at all chivalrous, exceedingly conceited, and totally selfish." - - Lafayette McLaws about James Longstreet.