It's appropriate that TV stars John Byner and Donna Mills will soon be appearing in the new play, Who Wants Fame?, at L.A.'s Court Theatre; the playwright's tube credits read like a history of 1970s television comedy. Fame is by Mark Rothman, a head writer and producer on "The Odd Couple" and "Happy Days," and a co-creator of "Laverne and Shirley" -- all keystones of the Garry Marshall era.
A two-character romantic comedy about show business, Who Wants Fame?, will be directed by the author, whose other plays include 1988's Excess Baggage. Comedian Byner appeared on "Bizarre" and "Real People"; Mills is best known for starring on "Knot's Landing."
Rothman told Playbill On-Line he believes Byner "does the definitive and funniest Ed Sullivan impression" and his "only regret is that there is no opportunity for [Byner] to perform it in this play. It would be out of character. Maybe another time..."
Previews for Fame begin April 29 for an opening the second week of May.
For information on Who Wants Fame? at the Court Theatre call (310) 289-2999. The theatre is currently running Absolution. -- By David Lefkowitz