“Cellino v. Barnes,” the very wacky two-man play based on efforts to break up the Cellino & Barnes law firm, finished a short but successful run last weekend in Buffalo’s Alleyway Cabaret theater.
One of the interested viewers of a Sunday night performance was attorney Ross M. Cellino Jr., who took his 84-year-old mother, Jean Cellino, to see what it was all about.
“I liked it,” Cellino told The Buffalo News afterward. “My mother thought the profanity was a bit much, but I thought the whole thing was very funny. I have a thick skin, and clearly, it was all done in jest.”
Cellino sat in the fourth row, and after the production, he spoke with, and posed for pictures with the two stars, Mike Breen, who played Cellino, and David Rafailedes, who played Barnes.
It is a strange sensation to sit in a theater and watch someone portraying you, about 20 feet away, Cellino said.
“It was weird because I could see people were kind of looking at me, to see my reaction to some of the jokes,” Cellino said. “For such a low-budget production, I’d give it a 10 out of 10.”