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5 Guys Chillin'

From 44 member  reviews
Members say: Edgy, Raunchy, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Intense

About the show

A Fringe Encore: Em-Lou Productions presents Peter Darney's play about the gay chemsex scene in the UK. Based on interviews with real scenesters. A hit at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe. More…

This graphic, gripping, funny, and frank verbatim drama explores the gay chemsex chill-out scene, from surgeons to students, couples to kink, guys that love it, and lost guys longing to be loved. Inspired by interviews with men found on Grindr, '5 Guys' is an original look into a drug-fueled, hedonistic, highly secretive world, and the search for intimacy and instant gratification.

Member Reviews (44)


Edgy, Raunchy, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Intense
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Raunchy, Resonant, Intense, Unsettling, Ambitious

See it if you want a frank, realistic, bare (literal & figurative) glimpse into the gay chemsex subculture; you appreciate issue-driven docu-theatre.

Don't see it if you expect a titillating, sexy gay comedy. It's an awkward, unabashedly raunchy, but cogent PSA on the effects of sex, drugs & indifference.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Raunchy

See it if You're interested in a disturbing, funny play about urban gay men into the drug, sex & multiple partner scene, taken from actual interviews

Don't see it if Graphic displays of frontal nudity, simulated sex and drug use of all kinds and very crude, sassy, and expletive filled language repels you

Absorbing, Edgy

See it if You want a real-life take on 5 guys and the problems they are having deep down in their lives.

Don't see it if Simulated drug use or nudity offends you.

Ambitious, Absorbing, Quirky, Raunchy, Resonant

See it if You aren't scared of actors playing honest characters in their underwear. Lewd and rude, watching the actors find their honesty is beautiful

Don't see it if You don't like lewd, rude plays. Vulgar and extreme and definitely rated M+ for good reasons. One mediocre actor surrounded by great ones.

Sexually charged, Scattered focus, Assault of discomforting ideas & actions, Sufficient eye candy, Primer of terms, sexual acts & drugs

See it if you want a graphic documentary style parade of lifestyle choices of those in the chem sex nation with sufficient flesh, frotage & titilation

Don't see it if you are uncomfotable with flesh, frotage, titilation and frank discussion & demonstration of sexual practice, & drug usage

Drug-fueled raunchy sex-obsessed

See it if Gay British sex and drug addicts. We are given a glossary. Chillin is a sex party. The guys are attractive. Adi Chugh, the Paki, is swell

Don't see it if They have a cavalier attitude toward HIV. Much talk and little sex. They are all lonely.and basically sad. Touching

Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if You want to see an investigation of the challenges in today's gay culture through characters' anecdotes.

Don't see it if You can't sit through the self-indulgent, unoriginal lectures a fellow partygoer might launch into after too many drinks.

Ambitious, Cliched, Edgy, Raunchy

See it if You're interested in the London sex, party, and drug scene. LGBTQ themes. Club music. Half-naked men in their 20s and 30s. Simulated sex.

Don't see it if You're uncomfortable with all the above and cavalier attitudes on HIV and STI's. No playbill, but, you get condoms. Abrupt ending....

Dizzying, Edgy, Indulgent, Pathetic sex and drug addicts living out their meaningless existence.

See it if The sight of 5 pretty hot gay guys cavorting, drugging and self-destructing turns you on. I must admit the acting was excellent.

Don't see it if You would be morally offended(I was) by a show that secretly celebrates behaviors it criticizes on the surface. All problem/no solution.

Confusing, Edgy, Raunchy, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you're interested in LGBTQ themes, a thoughtful exploration of drug use & issues facing gay men in the UK.

Don't see it if you don't want to see nudity, profanity, sex, explicit drug use, and other disturbing content. Not family friendly at all.

Indulgent, Slow

See it if you enjoy being a fly on the wall and the subject matter

Don't see it if not your cup of tea

Disappointing, Cliched, Great acting, Overrated

See it if You like a talking frenzy. Want to be turned off to gay sex.

Don't see it if You're looking for eroticism..

Original, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if Like real-life dialogue; current topics of discussion; have an interest in drug/sex culture. Better if more of a storyline throughout.

Don't see it if Offended by simulated drug usage and sex or nudity.

Ambitious, Cliched, Funny, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if Engaging premise that sometimes feels a bit too confessional and dramatic for its own good. But overall it registers at fairly real

Don't see it if Don't see if you are uncomfortable with graphic sex and drug talk. Was upsetting to see some moments but that might be the point.

Disappointing, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you're interested in confessionals of gay men who participate in chem sex.

Don't see it if you're expecting a narrative or aren't ready for graphic discussions of sex and drug use.

Ambitious, Confusing, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You're gay or interested in gay topics or curious

Don't see it if You like happy endings

Raunchy, Absorbing, Insipid, Resonant, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy British theater & like watching hot boys lounge around in their undies for an hour. This is a sexy but sobering slice of reality.

Don't see it if you aren't comfortable talking about graphic gay sex or need an arc to be satisfied. These actors are hot but 2/5 will give you blue balls.

Cliched, Edgy, Overrated, Raunchy, Indulgent

See it if you want to see some attractive actors in the near buff.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of drug party culture. The attempt was to warn of the consequences of this lifestyle, but it comes off stale and preached.

Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Intense, Ambitious, Original

See it if you enjoy seeing half naked men, intense stories about drug use, sex and the consequences of "chillin" without protection

Don't see it if are a prude, want something light hearted, looking for laughs, are homophobic, or hate the feeling when theatre leaves you unresolved

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Relevant, Thought-provoking, Interesting, Great acting, Raunchy

See it if You're interested in learning more about the Chem scene. And "Chill" parties. It was definitely eye-opening.

Don't see it if You're easily offended by nudity. Or the gay scene. Or bad language. Or drug use. Or sex simulation. Need I continue...?

Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if if you do not mind nudity and outrageous drug use and sexual behaviour - boys in the band in todays world - actors never stop playing

Don't see it if if you are shocked by nudity and drug abuse

Great writing, Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you like intense plays (based on real life) that depict the darker side of queer life; really good acting, writing and direction.

Don't see it if depictions of sex and drug use offend you.

Intense, Artificial, Preachy

See it if underdressed young men faking sex are enough to get you through a laundry list of reasons not to do recreationaldrugs and be promiscuous

Don't see it if those young men are not enough to get you through...

Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking, Titilating yet profoundly disturbing

See it if you live in a non-judgment zone. Not for pearl clutchers, because the pearls have probably been up someone's bum. It starts & ends w/o you.

Don't see it if you shock easily. Especially since much of the dialogue is lifted from real life. It can be nightmare fuel for some. It's barebacked theater

Clever, Great acting, Edgy, Dizzying, Thought-provoking

See it if You don't mind a hard-hitting play with adult language and story lines, as well as heavy (simulated) drug use.

Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional drama and are offended by the subject matter.

September 29th, 2016
"Dynamically performed, well conceived and theatrically accomplished, it’s an intense though often humorous presentation...Darney has skillfully fashioned an engaging, unflinching character study. There’s no plot but it is still a compelling take on this phenomenon...Arresting tableaus and dance ...
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October 4th, 2016
"A cross between documentary theatre and performance piece...At two points the guys come together in a transcendent erotic dance...These moments—a highlight of the show—provide a glimpse into what this piece could become were it not hampered by a devotion to the literal...This is really two plays...
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October 1st, 2016
"This is an easy, free-flowing evening of sex and drug talk, but underneath, this confessional play is something more disturbing and fraught....To varying degrees, these five actors do a great job bringing us in and connecting us to their struggles and pain...The stories being told in writer/dire...
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September 28th, 2016
"Darney’s evident intent is to have you react to '5 Guys' as both an entertainment and as a powerful—and graphic—cautionary tale. The combination can feel awkward at times, and unrealistic. At first blush, it might seem odd that the characters spend much more of their time talking about past prac...
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