Hunting Season at the Friedman: The Snow Geese Looks at World War I Through a Chekhovian Lens

Like Ms. Clark, Mr. Burstein was Tony-nominated last season—his first time in a dramatic category—for humanizing a fight-game cliché: the trusted trainer in Golden Boy. “I’ve been doing more dramas lately, and I’ve been enjoying it an awful lot. But having said that, my next is Die Fledermaus at the Met. I’m playing Frosch, and that begins on New Year’s Eve, although I don’t sing in the show. It’s just a comic character, but I love doing both. Whatever job that excites is the one I take.”

Evan Jonigkeit plays Ms. Parker’s World War I-bound son. “He’s sorta the prodigal son returned—the son that has been off concerned with affluence and making connections for his family’s sake,” the actor said. “This is the first time he has spent time with his family since the passing of his father, and the revelations that follow about the father are truly shocking to him.”

Mr. Jonigkeit was one of the young actors that director David Cromer set a-shining earlier this year off-Broadway in Really Really. When Mr. Cromer was cast as the lone Caucasian in Broadway’s next Raisin in the Sun, Mr. Jonigkeit congratulated him and got in response: “David Cromer, taking jobs from real actors since 2009.”

Brian Cross, making his Broadway debut as the taller but younger son, is young enough (23) to call The Snow Geese “the best script I read since graduating” (which was last year). “From my point of view, it’s about coming into adulthood and your childhood crumbling and losing your father and having to take his place.”

There is a pretty blond maid on the premises, played by Jessica Love, but, contrary to the way this kind of role usually functions, she’s an ominous sign of things to come. A Ukrainian refugee who was once aristocratic but lost everything, she has already been to the place to which the Gaeslings seem to be heading.

No wonder Ms. Parker thinks of this as “the lost Chekhov play.” She has only to look back a couple of decades to see the family in The Cherry Orchard uprooted and sent packing, through no fault of their own, into a world of uncertainty.