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P.S. Your Cat Is Dead

P.S. Your Cat Is Dead is a novel a play and a movie written by James Kirkwood[?], a gay playwright who also penned A Chorus Line[?].

Originally written as a play in 1970, P.S. Your Cat Is Dead deals with a hapless writer, "Jimmy Zoole", who is left by his girlfriend on New Year's Eve[?]. Unbeknownst to him, his cat has also passed away in an animal clinic.

To make matters worse, he suprises a burglar, Eddie, in his apartment, who it turns out had broken in a few times before, stealing among other things Zoole's precious manuscripts.

Wanting to teach the burglar a lesson, Zoole ties him up to his kitchen table, initially torturing him by having him eat extra-spicy cat food and the likes.

But soon their relationship begins to take on a homosexual dimension, when Eddie tells him he is gay and Zoole interviews him about his love life, supposedly "to get material for a novel".

Zoole, who was previously shown as being in mourning for a male friend (similar to Brick Pollitt in Tennessee Williams's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; fittingly Zoole's cat is named "Tennessee"), suddenly begins to question his own sexuality.

He even gets a hilarious revenge on his former girlfriend, when she shows up in his apartment with her date, only to find him chatting with a young, attractive, bare-butted male tied to his sink.

Eventually, Zoole and Eddie come to terms with each other and the last scene hints at a deep friendship, if not perhaps relationship, of the two.

With daring themes of homosexuality, bisexuality, and BDSM, P.S. Your Cat Is Dead long remained an obscure cult classic.

In 2002, Steve Guttenberg[?] (the Police Academy[?] movies) combined the play and the novel into a movie, starring him as the writer and Lombardo Boyar[?] as the youthful burglar.



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