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A Kind Shot

From 11 critic and 50 member reviews
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.


“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

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

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

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


“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

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


“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

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


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

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

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

Entertaining, Refreshing, Clever, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy solo shows and honest natural performances and You want to be engaged.

Don't see it if you like big splashy musicals

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!

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

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.

Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Relevant

See it if You want to be awed and absorbed in an intelligent autobiographical one woman show highlighting sexual harassment. Super job!

Don't see it if You do not want to hear of sexual harassment in a real life story in a griping, humorous and intelligent way.

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.

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

Absorbing, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if You resonate with women who have been abused/repressed in their lives & careers who have persevered against the odds with a happy ending.

Don't see it if You don’t like one-person autobiographical shows - but Terri’s story is well worth hearing.

Also I was surprised that last night was the first performance in a very sm... Read more Read less

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.

Ambitious, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Enjoy hearing about the good and bad about people-told by a winner

Don't see it if You can't relate to how often our circumstances are hard to deal with

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

See it if YOu enjoy an autobiographical one-woman show which addresses personal challenges. Terry had an amazing story

Don't see it if Are disturbed by difficult personal stories.

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

See it if You like one-actor plays, you like women's basketball, you never realized you experienced sexual harassment.

Don't see it if You do not like intimate theater experiences.

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You are interested in women's rights.. Or human rights in general.

Don't see it if You are looking for a large stage show, music or stimulating props.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You would appreciate a show delving into the life of a tall, beautiful woman basketball player who had to overcome sexual predators

Don't see it if you don't enjoy a one person show with no props or sets describing the challenging development of an impressive woman

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.

Profound, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You are ok with a minalmalist approach to a show with no sets, but with great storytelling.

Don't see it if You don't like one-person shows and vulgar language at times.

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

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.

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.

Disappointing, Clever

See it if if u have nothing better to do

Don't see it if you want a great show

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

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.

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

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Absorbing, Slow at times

See it if You enjoy a one woman show that has energy, honesty, and a message.

Don't see it if You're not interested in a show with a female basketball player discovering herself, and finding true meaning and happiness to her life.

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