Max Makes a Million






Max Makes a Million
Alliance Theatre
through July 21, 2019

It’s really a delight when a professional theatre company can stage a show that really appeals to kids of all ages. And “all ages” may mean from 4 to 94; for all the adults really enjoyed this one act opus with 5 great actors and a live musical trio on stage.

Liz Diamond adapted this one from the book of the same name by Maira Kalman. And she directs this super cast which brings us to meet Max (Ann Marie Gideon) who is a dog with wishes and plans for the future. Max understands that youngsters need not only their feelings of roots, such as being a canine, but also wings to soar to their heights, which in his case is moving one day to Paris.

For Max has some real talents such as doing paintings which are invisible, and writing poetry. He’s may have had some gallery events but who can critique an invisible sketch? And he knows that to get published you need an agent. That’s somebody who always gets a good percentage, and hardly ever really scores a deal.

But things change when Max’s agent calls to say he did a deal for a cool million dollars, and Max can fill all his dreams and do anything and go anywhere. So why not Paris?
Shelli Delgado, Diany Rodriguez, Tony Manna and Thomas Neal Antwon Ghant take the stage in about 20 different roles; and the costumes, moves and props are all first class. This show even has projected imagery which accents what is going on, and you’ll love that everything is going on. Justin Ellington did some original music and arrangements and Eric Baumgartner, Q Robinson and Jordan Shalhoup seem to be enjoying playing the numbers as much as we enjoyed hearing them.

This is a 40 minute one-act show which is absolutely perfect for introducing the kids to theatre. It is on the Hertz Stage at Woodruff Center and there are two shows both in morning hours; so easy to get to, to park, and then go grab a bite. And if your kids got a kick out of this one, you can also go across the plaza to the High Museum where you can help them enjoy some great works on visit. But Max Ernst is not the dog you now know. More info at