John Hurt picks up a banana, struggles with it and of course later slips on the peel.
He plays the title character in Samuel Beckett’s darkly comic “Krapp’s Last Tape,” a 69-year-old reacting to a recording he made as a much younger man -- especially the description of an erotic episode.
Directed by Michael Colgan for the Gate Theatre Dublin, the play runs at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as part of the Next Wave Festival through Dec. 18.
At BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton St., Brooklyn. Information: +1-718-636-4100; http://www.bam.org.
After the show, dine at Scopello, named after a village in Sicily.
Start off with a glass of Chianti and marinated grilled sardines. Follow with short ribs braised in red wine, and for dessert, hot pastry pockets filled with ricotta and chocolate.
At 63 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn. Information: +1-718-852-1100.
Get into the spirit of the season with the Jewish Museum’s exhibition of Hanukkah lamps selected by artist Maurice Sendak.
He chose one from the Netherlands because the piercings looked like “two eyes and a schnozzola,” reminding him of a golem.
See the Viennese Art Nouveau beauty designed by Karl Hagenauer in the early 20th century, a tall lamp from Russia crowned with an imperial double-headed eagle, as well as 30 others from the museum’s collection.
Sendak says he picked those that “go right to the heart.”
“An Artist Remembers” runs through Jan. 29 at 1109 5th Ave. Information: +1-212-423-3200; http://www.thejewishmuseum.org.
Go back to a simpler holiday time with “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” adapted from the Dylan Thomas story and interwoven with festive songs.
Everything was better when Thomas was a boy -- the snow was “shaken from white wash buckets down the sky;” the candy endless: “crunches, cracknels, humbugs, glaciers, marzipan and butterwelsh,” and the pranks highly scary and satisfying.
In previews at the Irish Repertory Theatre, 132 W. 22nd St. for a Dec. 11 opening. Runs through Jan. 2. Information: +1-212-727-2737; http://www.irishrep.org.
Brooklyn-based band The Antlers returns from its European tour and hits Webster Hall.
Looking to move forward after their celebrated full-length debut, “Hospice,” and leave the “sad band” moniker behind, the group produced “Burst Apart.”
Not as intimate as earlier work, the new album is expansive and melodic, animated emotion blended with high tech electronic slickness.
Prepare yourself for the full force of lead singer Peter Silberman’s muscular falsetto.
Montreal’s Suuns opens.
At 125 E. 11th St. Information: +1-212-353-1600; http://www.websterhall.com.
Watch more than a dozen model trains chug past New York City landmarks such as Yankee Stadium, Rockefeller Center and the Statue of Liberty.
Since it’s the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden, all the replicas are created from nuts, bark, plants and leaves.
There’s a new artist’s studio showing how the models are constructed, plus kids can enter a big gingerbread playhouse and also decorate a spicy cookie.
Runs through Jan. 16 at 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx. Information: +1-718-817-8700; http://www.nybg.org.
Leon Botstein conducts the American Symphony in two giant, rarely performed Romantic works. First up, Piers Lane plays Busoni’s five-movement Piano Concerto, which ends with a male chorus singing in praise of the power eternal.
Then comes Lizst’s “Faust Symphony,” with tenor William Burden. The work creates musical portraits of the aging philosopher, Gretchen and Mephistopheles, and for the finale, there’s a ringing invocation of the Eternal Feminine.
All tickets are $25. Carnegie Hall, 57th St. and 7th Ave. Information: +1-212-247-7800; http://www.americansymphony.org.
Head downtown to hear Trinity Wall Street’s performance of Handel’s “Messiah.”
The work has long been associated with this church, which presented the second U.S. performance in 1770.
Music Director Julian Wachner conducts the Trinity Choir and Baroque Orchestra, with soloists drawn from the chorus.
Begins 3 p.m. at Trinity Church, 74 Trinity Place. Check the website for additional performances. Information: +1-212-602-0800; http://www.trinitywallstreet.org.
(With assistance from Lili Rosboch. Zinta Lundborg is an editor for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)