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A Kind Shot

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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. More…

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.


Member Reviews (50)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Relevant, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Funny
80
Avg Score

60
Ambitious, Disjointed, Disappointing, Dizzying

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
Relevant, Quirky, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking

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.

78
Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant, Uneven, Entertaining

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.

80
Absorbing, Resonant, Intense, Intelligent

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

83
Relevant, Entertaining, Funny, Intense, 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.

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

82
Absorbing, Quirky, Refreshing, Edgy, 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.

65
Ambitious, Unfinished, Indulgent

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

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.

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

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

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

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

69
Slow, Disappointing, Banal

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?

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

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.

90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant, Resonant

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

76
Clever, Relevant, Quirky, Intelligent, 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

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.

80
Absorbing, Honest, 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

100
Entertaining, Honest, moving autobiography, Intelligent, Must-see, Absorbing

See it if you like - basketball - honest autobiographical shows with all its moving ups and downs - great acting of a wonderful human being

Don't see it if can't think of a reason not to see this moving autobiography!

80
Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if the #MeToo movement is relevant to you. You wish to hear how someone can rise above horrible situations; and still make the right choices

Don't see it if Occasional "modern" language offends you; you don't believe the #MeToo movement has validity. Or, you desire a large set and many actors.

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

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.

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

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
Funny, Dizzying, Fluffy, Slow, Entertaining

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


January 16th, 2018
“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 dilut...
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January 29th, 2018
"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 remarkab...
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January 24th, 2018
“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 ...
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January 18th, 2018
"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 come...
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