On March 7 (doesn’t that seem unfathomably long ago), one of the sketches on Saturday Night Live was a spoof soap opera, “The Sands of Modesto.” An announcer explained that due to COVID-19, “the staging of certain scenes has been altered for the actors’ safety.” The following five minutes included cast members Kate McKinnon, Chloe Fineman, Kenan Thompson, and Cecily Strong, along with guest host Daniel Craig, running through myriad daytime drama tropes: the return of a presumed dead daughter, a torrid love scene, a vicious cat fight — all with the aid of Lysol, Kleenex, disinfectant wipes, plastic wrap, even an absurdly long prosthetic arm. In their talented hands, the threat of a contagious disease and the lengths (pun may or may not be intended) to which people were going to protect themselves were hilarious.

In any other…

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