A group of Calgary theatre critics have picked Playing with Fire: The Theo Fleury Story as the best production of the year.

The play, produced by Alberta Theatre Projects, is a one-man show that tells the story of NHL player Theo Fleury and his struggles with addiction and sexual abuse.

It won best production at the inaugural Critter Awards, given by Calgary theatre critics Stephen Hunt and Bob Clark of the Calgary Herald, Louis B. Hobson of the Calgary Sun and Jessica Goldman of CBC’s The Eyeopener.

Other winners named at a gala in Calgary on Wednesday night:

  • Best musical: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, produced by Vertigo Theatre.
  • Best new play: Drama: Pilot Episode by Karen Hines, produced by Alberta Theatre Projects.
  • Best revival:  Shirley Valentine, produced by Theatre Calgary.

All four critics award winners are in the running for Betty Mitchell Awards, the annual prizes from the theatre community for the best in Calgary theatre.

The winners and nominees were chosen from any production performed in Calgary between August 2011 and June 2012, with the exception of Broadway Across Canada or Dancap performances