Members say: Absorbing, Relevant, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Funny

About the show

In this solo show, six-foot 1-inch blonde spitfire Terri Mateer tells her life story of becoming a pro basketball player in France.

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Raised by a single, hippie mom, an African American surrogate father stepped in and taught Terri how to play the game. Being 6’ 1” in the sixth grade, she was a natural, but dreams of becoming an architect. Terri's unbelievable journey includes playing pro ball, modeling, stripping, and designing Michael Jordan’s headboard.


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60
Theatermania

“Mateer is at her most compelling when she's talking about the game...From there, her story goes in all directions and loses the grounding force that basketball was seemingly intended to provide...As we charge through the chapters of her biography, the conspicuous absence of narrative shape dilutes the potential wallop ‘A Kind Shot’ could have...There's a valuable story at the heart of 'A Kind Shot,' but for it to come into focus, Mateer needs to sweep away some of the debris.” Full Review

60
Lighting & Sound America

"So much happens in 'A Kind Shot,' it would be helpful if Mateer could contextualize her material better. Some really terrible things happen to her, but it's hard to assess their role in creating the woman standing before us...Mateer is never a less-than-affable presence -- but this is a remarkably unreflective example of a genre that demands self-examination...It's hard not to wish that Mateer had given this piece a longer, more probing look." Full Review

80
Theater Pizzazz

“Holding a basketball throughout, Mateer dribbles delightfully through the picaresque game of her life…Sometimes, though, given the no-nonsense, smart, and sassy woman Mateer presents, it's a little hard to buy the innocence she professes when recalling these circumstances... Speaking in a…manner that is so unpretentiously direct…it almost seems she's improvising, Mateer lands many three-pointers…May not be a slam dunk but it offers a fascinating insight into one unusual woman's hoop dreams.” Full Review

75
Off Off Online

"Though the dialogue could stand some tightening, and a director could help Mateer better realize the moments that call out for a pause, her saga, her stage presence and her intimate style of delivery bring home a win...Mateer starts off slowly...But as her pace quickens, there is little time to absorb just how disturbing some of her experiences were...Mateer's physicality is a great asset to her storytelling, especially in the strong final moments when she fully extends her body." Full Review

60
Theatre is Easy

"Her story is worth hearing, even though she isn't the most natural performer...She sometimes pauses in a way that's unclear whether she's forgotten a line or it is just part of her acting style. No director is credited; one could probably have helped her overcome these issues. It almost all comes together at the end, and there's an important lesson—even if you are tall and strong and athletic, you can still be a victim of sexual harassment and abuse." Full Review

95
Stage Biz

“A consummate storyteller with a mighty presence...Her story is devastating and necessary...It never becomes indulgent or sentimental but is rather a series of well executed dunks at high speed. It will be an enduring work that can be performed for many years to come as the messages inherent in the text needs to be heard by every generation...A perfect combination of brilliant acting, detailed physicality, hard-hitting text and uplifting personal triumphs." Full Review

60
TheaterScene.net

“And that's essentially the problem with ‘A Kind Shot.’ Clocking in at 75 minutes, the ‘performance’ feels more like a motivational speech than a theatrical event. It's well-meaning and well-told, but other than the charismatic Mateer, there isn't much else to it. The set, a masking tape outline of a shrunken basketball key, accomplishes so little visually that it begs the question, ‘Why bother at all?’” Full Review

85
BroadwayWorld

for a previous production "Like nothing ever seen...Terri tells us her story, basketball in hand, in a comfortable, intimate setting...The story is simple and somewhat funny, until she begins to unfold the more perverse parts of her life...She takes us all the way through her childhood, and into her adulthood, which luckily results in a happy ending, something the viewer longs for this girl in the story who never really knew who she was. It's truly a fresh, brave, daring take on the one-woman show." Full Review

90
Andy B Sports

for a previous production "I feel very fortunate to have seen the amazing Terri Mateer, a beautiful, talented, gracious performer...The autobiographical, one woman show was truly moving, inspirational, and in the end, profound. She 'had me' as they say, when she talked of learning to shoot...Mateer went on to do so much more, blending her basketball and life experiences, in telling her inspirational story...I highly recommend seeing the extraordinary Terri Mateer in this truly moving work." Full Review

80
Stage Buddy

for a previous production "A lovely, raw, and emotional piece...Being as charismatic and strong as one could ever hope to be, Terri opens her heart to the audience and tells us of a crazy, artistic life...I would be uncomfortable or incredibly sad as a story such as this unfolds, but Terri somehow keeps it light, charming and funny. She weaves her tale with an understated warmth that makes you feel like she’s your friend...All in all, it’s a simple and straightforward show...A very intimate experience." Full Review

75
Rave Reviews NYC

for a previous production "The tone of the play is conversational – as if she’s talking to a group of friends. This is not a polished play. Instead 'A Kind Shot' is more a workshop composed of anecdotal stories which include mature and graphic sexual subject matter. She does not appear to be bitter or angry, rather she exudes warmth and approachability...It’s an important lesson and, no matter what gender or age, we can all learn from her story." Full Review

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65
Ambitious, Indulgent, Unfinished

See it if You are interested in works-in-progress that are early in the process; you enjoy storytelling

Don't see it if Mateer tells many stories that wind up unfinished and barely connecting to the next story in line. A clearer vision of objective is needed

78
Honest, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you're a fan of the confessional autobiographical one person genre. A riveting story honestly conveyed, and only rarely cliched.

Don't see it if you're not interested in confessional one-person shows, however interesting or well-told they may be.

71
Ambitious, Disappointing, Writing needs editing

See it if This production has great potencial Writing needs some editing to remove unnecessary details.Direction must improve staging.

Don't see it if If you are expecting a lot of basketball action and lightning effects.

76
Clever, Intelligent, Quirky, Relevant, Amusing

See it if An entertaining evening with rather a dialog, could be called ad-lib or stream of consciousness by some, relevant to #metoo movement

Don't see it if You prefer a scripted show with a start & end, it resembles stand up somewhat but not riotous but rather tender/touching in spots

83
Funny, Intense, Relevant, Entertaining, Inspiring

See it if You want an honest, engaging story of overcoming obstacles & finding one's voice.You want a mix of drama & humor.You like inspiring stories.

Don't see it if You don't like sports stories. You don't like #MeToo stories. You dislike one-actor plays.

60
Ambitious, Dizzying, Disappointing, Disjointed

See it if You need to see every one person show. But I can’t recommend this one. All over the place...stream of consciousness. Needs lots of work.

Don't see it if You want a tight and message filled work. It’s a bit of a mess. I appreciated the effort, but wish she had a coach to help her rework it.

80
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Relevant, Resonant

See it if Talented but foolish young woman with weak boundaries gets taken advantage of while trying to find herself. Cool basketball moves.

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in many #MeToo moments. You don’t enjoy sports scenes.

74
Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if one-person biographical shows interest you.

Don't see it if you want a very well crafted storyline. It's a basic re-telling of her life (which is interesting). Some parts felt disjointed.

90
Funny, Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy hearing about a woman's personal life experiences, including her encounters with predators and sexual harassment.

Don't see it if you're offended by graphic language and intimate sexual details. You don't like one-person shows in a small theater

80
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you like solo shows, basketball, and fascinating lives.

Don't see it if you don't like solo shows.

70
Reasonably entertaining for awhile.

See it if You'd like to hear the story of someone who has successfully made it through a lifetime of challenges and sexual abuse/harassment.

Don't see it if Expecting a fully-fledged production. This is still a workshop piece & suffers from a lack of direction. Needs more emotion/self-reflection.

Also Terri is most engaging when we watch her exhibiting her basketball cho... Read more Read less

80
Honest, Absorbing, Refreshing

See it if A wild non-fiction story with many ups and downs presented in such a way that 75 minutes feels like 30.

Don't see it if Basketball is the inspiration but is not the center of the show. Feels like she is remembering things as time passes

Also Uplifting yet shocking to hear such personal details of the harassment... Read more Read less

89
Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You wanna see a woman who inspires you to take action. You wanna see a fascinating one woman show from a pro basketball celeb.

Don't see it if You don’t like one woman shows.

100
Funny, Great acting, Must see, Resonant, Great writing

See it if you appreciate a candid, no holds barred true story of woman athlete's experiencing and deriving strength and purpose from sexual harassment

Don't see it if you can't tolerate graphic language and imagery, sexual references, min. set, 75 min. monologue, no interval, or deny truth of MeToo stories

Also Don't see it if you prefer light themes or musicals, elaborate sets an... Read more Read less

73
Intense, Relevant, Exhausting, One-woman show, Good storytelling

See it if You are ready to follow one woman’s journey to self awareness.

Don't see it if Drama and trauma with an tidge of athletics isn’t your thing.

Also 10 minutes too long, then trapped by a Q & A that lets all the air out... Read more Read less

78
Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant, Entertaining, Uneven

See it if you want to see a compelling & unique contribution to the #metoo movement, as told by an affable storyteller w/quite a story to tell.

Don't see it if you expect more than an inspirational talk (à la Moth Radio Hour or Ted Talks) w/some undeveloped storylines & partial character sketches.

73
Funny, Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You're interested in basketball, or want to be inspired.

Don't see it if You don't like one-person shows in a small intimate environment.

Also It was great how she interacted with the audience and was happy to tak... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Resonant

See it if you'd appreciate the beauty of a skilled athlete showing off all her best moves for 70 minutes as she tells her compelling story.

Don't see it if you do not like one-person shows, or autobiograpical shows, or shows that tell you rather than show you.

Also When the human body moves through space it can be very beautiful. I th... Read more Read less

69
Banal, Disappointing, Slow

See it if If you love basketball, she knows the game. As theater this disappoints. She discloses but not enough for her story to cohere.

Don't see it if you only like meaningful performances. This strives for meaning but sadly fails. Perhaps too literal?

96
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Must see, Profound

See it if You like a one woman show that is autobiographical and very very timely. Terri is captivating!

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable hearing the intimate and ugly details of someone's life story.

82
Absorbing, Edgy, Quirky, Refreshing, Real

See it if you're up for a compelling sometimes very sad story told by a real person that it all happened to, and you like basketball references.

Don't see it if you're looking for sets, costumes or a polished dramatic performance. Terri is appealing and real, and her story is a testament to strength.

80
Funny, Dizzying, Slow, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if It is harmless but not a must see

Don't see it if If you dont like one person shows stay away from thus one

90
Delightful, Thought-provoking, Profound, Relevant, Riveting

See it if You to see a very authentic performance by a lovely woman who’s persevered through life’s obstacles.

Don't see it if You want a show with many actors or want a fluffy musical.

65
Funny, Clever, Quirky, Relevant, Cliched

See it if You like solo shows that are funny with a message and a story.

Don't see it if You don't want to listen to someone's life story that contains a message but not a super-strong one.

73
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Soorty, Firey

See it if you enjoy autobiographical works and basketball.

Don't see it if basses ballers aren't your cup of tea.



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