Nicole Underhay and Small Room came out on top.
A sizzling update of the Bluebeard tale, a raucous musical about dead children on an amusement park ride, a civil rights musical and a poignant comedy-drama about Korean-Canadian immigrants are the big winners in the second annual Toronto Theatre Critics Association Awards.
Carole Fréchette's The Small Room At The Top Of The Stairs, presented by the Tarragon, was the big winner in the theatre category, copping awards for best production of a play, director (Weyni Mengesha) and actress (Nicole Underhay).
Ins Choi's Kim's Convenience won for best Canadian play and actor (Paul Sun-Hyung Lee).
War Horse's creative team won best design, while supporting actress and actor went to Kelli Fox (The Penelopiad) and Philip Riccio (The Test).
In the new category of best international play, Roland Schimmelpfennig's The Golden Dragon, produced by the Tarragon, took the award.
In the musical categories, Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori's Caroline, Or Change and Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell's Ride The Cyclone came out on top with three awards each. Caroline was acknowledged for best production, actress (Arlene Duncan) and supporting actress (Deborah Hay), while Cyclone won for best new musical, director (Britt Small and Richmond) and supporting actor (Elliott Loran).
Sahr Ngaujah won best actor in a musical for his turn in the title role of Fela!
A special citation went to actor Eric Peterson, who continued to deliver quality work in a number of shows, including Seeds, The Test and You Can't Take It With You.
The awards, chosen by critics from three daily newspapers and two weeklies, will be handed out at an upcoming ceremony.
Kim's Convenience and War Horse are still playing. See Listings.